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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. The speaker asks, in "Burnt Norton," Part IV, if chill fingers of what "be curled / Down on us"?
(a) Wind.
(b) Darkness.
(c) Yew.
(d) The clematis.

2. What does the speaker of East Coker parallel with "death" in the final lines of Part I of "East Coker"?
(a) Life.
(b) Dung.
(c) Drinking.
(d) Sleep.

3. In the seventh line of Part II of "East Coker," with what are late roses said to be filled?
(a) Late roses are filled with early bees.
(b) Late roses are filled with early rains.
(c) Late roses are filled with early snows.
(d) Late roses are filled with early tears.

4. By a grace of what was the speaker surrounded in "Burnt Norton," Part II?
(a) Thought.
(b) Incomprehensibility.
(c) Sense.
(d) Deprivation.

5. To what agony do the "Whisper of running streams" and "The laughter in the garden" point, according to Part III of "East Coker"?
(a) Freedom and responsibility.
(b) Love and loss.
(c) Autumn and winter.
(d) Death and birth.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the speaker in Part I of "East Coker" state sleeps "in the empty silence"?

3. The first part of "Burnt Norton" says that footfalls echo in what?

4. The final line of Part III of "East Coker" claims that "where you are is" what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the significance of the first 13 lines 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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