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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the speaker claim in Part IV of "East Coker" is "Our only health"?
(a) The disease.
(b) The real.
(c) The truth.
(d) Despair.

2. By what are "Men and bits of paper" whirled about in "Burnt Norton," Part III?
(a) The cold wind.
(b) The eddies of time.
(c) The vacillation of spirit.
(d) The gyre of history.

3. Above what do the speaker and his companions move in Part II of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) The summer leaf.
(b) The stars.
(c) The moving tree.
(d) The turning world.

4. In what way does the world move, according to the final three lines of Part II of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Obstinacy.
(b) Frivolity.
(c) Fidelity.
(d) Appetency.

5. In what way did the speaker, his auditor, and the flowers move in the garden of Part I of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) A haphazard line.
(b) A formal pattern.
(c) A lazy stroll.
(d) A vertical mien.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the speaker say is all he can utter concerning where "we have been" in Part II?

2. Which of the following does the speaker wish to hear of concerning old men, in "East Coker," Part II?

3. The first part of "Burnt Norton" says that footfalls echo in what?

4. In what must the speaker "freeze / And quake" in order to be warmed, as described in "East Coker"'s fourth part?

5. In what are the "Earth feet, loam feet" of Part I of "East Coker" lifted?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the "wounded surgeon" of Part IV of "East Coker," and what indicates this within the stanza?

2. What is meant by the "intolerable wrestled / With words and meanings" in the second part of "East Coker"?

3. What does the speaker mean when he states in Part V of "East Coker" that "there is no competition - / There is only the fight to recover what has been lost And found and lost again and again"?

4. What is signified by the speaker's questioning of the deceitfulness of the "quiet-voiced elders" in Part II of "East Coker"?

5. How is the "here" of Part III of "Burnt Norton" described, and what is significant about this description?

6. What does the speaker mean in the latter lines of Part III of "Burnt Norton" when he states that "This is the one way, and the other / Is the same"?

7. What is a possible interpretation of the fourth part of "Burnt Norton"?

8. What is meant in the lines, "But to what purpose... I do not know," in the first part of "Burnt Norton"?

9. What might be meant by the statement of the bird at the end of "Burnt Norton"'s first part, that "human kind / Cannot bear very much reality"?

10. What is the purpose of the line, repeated and modified throughout the first part of "East Coker," "In my beginning is my end"?

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