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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. Which of the following is found at the still point of the world, as described in Part II?
(a) The boar.
(b) The dance.
(c) The heart of the world.
(d) The rose-garden.

2. With what are the "tattered arras" woven in Part I of "East Coker"?
(a) Disconsolate eyes.
(b) A field-mouse.
(c) Luminescent thread.
(d) A silent motto.

3. Where, according to the speaker in the third part of "East Coker," do they "all go into"?
(a) The dark.
(b) The civil service.
(c) Art.
(d) The light.

4. The speaker states in Part V of "Burnt Norton" that "Desire itself is movement," that is what?
(a) Itself unmoving.
(b) Not in itself desirable.
(c) The cause and end of movement.
(d) The quick of movement.

5. 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) Movement.
(b) Death.
(c) Truth.
(d) Light.

Short Answer Questions

1. What inhabits the garden of "Burnt Norton"'s first part?

2. Of what wisdom does the speaker hope to acquire, as stated near the end of Part II of "East Coker"?

3. What, in the first line of "Burnt Norton," Part IV, are "time and the bell" said to have buried?

4. What adjective is applied to "Friday" in the final line of Part IV of "East Coker"?

5. To what shall the vortex in "East Coker," Part II, bring the world?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. What does the speaker mean by commanding, in Part III of "East Coker," that one wait without hoping or loving, and that "the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting"?

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 the significance of the statement in the fifth part of "Burnt Norton," "Words strain, / Crack and sometimes break... Will not stay still"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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