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

2. What inhabits the garden of "Burnt Norton"'s first part?
(a) Other echoes.
(b) Other footfalls.
(c) Other birds.
(d) Other times.

3. The speaker says that "each venture / Is a new" what in Part V of "East Coker"?
(a) Faith.
(b) Deception.
(c) Beginning.
(d) End.

4. Into what did the characters of "Burnt Norton"'s first part look towards the end?
(a) A mirror.
(b) A pool.
(c) The sky.
(d) Their souls.

5. With what does the "periphrastic study in a worn-out poetical fashion" leave one to wrestle, as stated in the second part of "East Coker"'?
(a) Truth and judgment.
(b) Words and meanings.
(c) Negation of humanity.
(d) Assertion and denial.

Short Answer Questions

1. Into what world does the speaker mention descending in the third part of "Burnt Norton"?

2. What does the speaker, in Part I of "East Coker" state that his auditor can hear in the open field on a summer midnight?

3. Above what do the speaker and his companions move in Part II of "Burnt Norton"?

4. If "we" in Part IV of "East Coker" do well in the whole earth, as "our hospital," of what shall we die?

5. Which of the following is not cataloged by the speaker as something "long looked forward to" in the second part of "East Coker"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

2. What is the significance of the first 13 lines of "East Coker"?

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. How can one be "redeemed from fire by fire," as is stated in Part IV of "Little Gidding"?

5. What does the speaker mean in Part II of "Burnt Norton" when he states at the still point of the turning world, "there the dance is, / But neither arrest nor movement"?

6. Why is the "strong brown god" of Part I of "The Dry Salvages" "almost forgotten / By the dwellers in cities"?

7. What purpose is served by the string of paradoxical statements at the end of Part III of "East Coker"?

8. What does the speaker mean in Part I of "Little Gidding" when he states that "This is the spring time / But not in time's covenant"?

9. What is signified by the statement, in the final part of "Little Gidding," that "the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time"?

10. Summarize the significance of the discussion of the past in Part II of "The Dry Salvages" (beginning with "It seems, as one becomes older" and ending with "Over the shoulder, towards the primitive terror").

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