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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 in Part I of "East Coker" not say replaces the lots where there used to be houses?
(a) An open field.
(b) A factory.
(c) A haphazard pile of flats.
(d) A by-pass.

2. What is the "dignified and commodious sacrament" mentioned in Part I of "East Coker"?
(a) Baptism.
(b) Penance.
(c) Marriage.
(d) Communion.

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

4. What is disturbed on the bowl of rose-leaves, as mentioned in the first part of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Dust.
(b) Memory.
(c) Time future.
(d) The bird.

5. For the appeasement of what does the "trilling wire in the blood" of Part II in "Burnt Norton" sing?
(a) The drift of stars.
(b) Long forgotten wars.
(c) The circulation of the lymph.
(d) Inveterate scars.

Short Answer Questions

1. If not, as stated in Part II, for what, there would be no dance?

2. In what way did the speaker, his auditor, and the flowers move in the garden of Part I of "Burnt Norton"?

3. Words and music are said to move, in the fifth part of "Burnt Norton," only in what?

4. The speaker says near the end of Part V of "East Coker" that old men ought to be what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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 in Part IV of "East Coker" when he states that "Our only health is the disease"?

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

5. What does it mean to say, as the speaker does in the final line of Part II of "Burnt Norton," that "Only through time time is conquered"?

6. 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"?

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

8. 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"?

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

10. 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"?

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