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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 does the speaker wish to hear of concerning old men, in "East Coker," Part II?
(a) Their loves.
(b) Their folly.
(c) Their wisdom.
(d) Their lives.

2. Interpretively, what is meant by "those long since under earth / Nourishing the corn"? in Part I of "East Coker"?
(a) Those who are dead and buried.
(b) The ancestral tradition of the West.
(c) The roots of long-established families.
(d) Those who are asleep and preparing to farm.

3. What did the speaker say to his soul twice in Part III of "East Coker"?
(a) You are dead.
(b) Be still.
(c) Let us go.
(d) Where art thou?

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

5. What does the speaker, in Part I of "East Coker" state that his auditor can hear in the open field on a summer midnight?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Music.
(c) Crying.
(d) Nature.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What goes in and out of "unwholesome lungs" in Part III of "Burnt Norton"?

3. What is happening to "the hills and the trees, the distant panorama / And the bold imposing facade" in "East Coker"'s second part?

4. Where, according to the speaker in the third part of "East Coker," do they "all go into"?

5. The speaker questions whether or not who had "deceived us / Or deceived themselves" in Part II of "East Coker"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the speaker mean by saying in Part V of "Burnt Norton" that love is caught "in the form of limitation"?

2. What is the significance of the dark, mentioned repeatedly at the beginning of Part III of "East Coker," into which "they" all go?

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

4. 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"?

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

6. What is the significance of the "Eructation of unhealthy souls," mentioned in Part III of "Burnt Norton"?

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

8. 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"?

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

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

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