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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. The speaker says near the end of Part V of "East Coker" that old men ought to be what?
(a) Teachers.
(b) Friends.
(c) Grievers.
(d) Explorers.

2. In conjunction with the assertion that the stillness shall be the dancing, the speaker postulates in "East Coker"'s third part that the darkness shall be what?
(a) Light.
(b) Movement.
(c) Death.
(d) Truth.

3. What does the speaker in the "East Coker"'s fifth part claim becomes stranger as man grows older?
(a) The truth.
(b) Himself.
(c) His love.
(d) The world.

4. In "Burnt Norton," what is daylight said to invest form with in Part III, when it is present?
(a) Lucid stillness.
(b) Suggestive permanence.
(c) Affective aesthesis.
(d) Transient beauty.

5. What does the speaker state is eternally present in Part I of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) All of time.
(b) The truth.
(c) The future.
(d) Reality.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what world's inoperancy does the poem's narrator speak of in "Burnt Norton," Part III?

2. Across what does the light fall, mentioned by the speaker in Part I of "East Coker" after the second time he utters the phrase "In my beginning is my end"?

3. Which of the following does the speaker in Part I of "East Coker" not say replaces the lots where there used to be houses?

4. Interpretively, what is meant by "those long since under earth / Nourishing the corn"? in Part I of "East Coker"?

5. Time past and time future are said to "Allow but a little" what near the end of Part II of "Burnt Norton"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is meant by "Only by the form, the pattern, / Can words or music reach / The stillness" in "Burnt Norton"'s fifth part?

3. Why is it said by the speaker in "Burnt Norton"'s second part that "the enchainment of past and future / Woven in the weakness of the changing body, / Protects mankind from heaven and damnation / Which flesh cannot endure"?

4. Why does the speaker of "East Coker" want only to hear of the folly of old men, in Part II of "East Coker"?

5. What is an interpretative possibility for the scene the speaker describes in the open field in the first part of "East Coker"?

6. What are the other echoes which inhabit the rose-garden in Part I of "Burnt Norton"?

7. Why is the final sentence of "East Coker" an inversion of the first sentence?

8. What is meant in "Burnt Norton"'s first part by "What might have been... a world of speculation," lines 6-8?

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

10. What is an interpretative possibility for the final four lines of the first part of "East Coker"?

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