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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. What goes in and out of "unwholesome lungs" in Part III of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Wind.
(b) Smoke.
(c) Whispered prayers.
(d) Lies.

2. What is happening to "the hills and the trees, the distant panorama / And the bold imposing facade" in "East Coker"'s second part?
(a) They are being covered up.
(b) They are being devoured.
(c) They are being rolled away.
(d) They are being disintegrated.

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

4. In what do faith, hope, and love all reside, according to Part III of "East Coker"?
(a) Waiting.
(b) Light.
(c) Thought.
(d) Darkness.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The speaker states in the third part of "East Coker" that "In order to arrive at what you do not know / You must go by a way which is the way of" what?

2. Into what did the characters of "Burnt Norton"'s first part look towards the end?

3. What, described in Part I of "Burnt Norton," lays on the other side of the door that the speaker and his auditor never opened?

4. From what is man said in Part II of "Burnt Norton" to be protected by the "enchainment of past and future" in the body?

5. Which of the following does the speaker wish to hear of concerning old men, in "East Coker," Part II?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the speaker mean in Part IV of "East Coker" when he states that "Our only health is the disease"?

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

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

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

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

6. What is signified by the phrase in Part III of "East Coker," "the growing terror of nothing to think about"?

7. What is signified by the statement "Distracted from distraction by distraction" in "Burnt Norton"'s third part?

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

9. What is meant by the "intolerable wrestled / With words and meanings" in the second part of "East Coker"?

10. What is signified by the speaker's questioning of the deceitfulness of the "quiet-voiced elders" in Part II of "East Coker"?

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