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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. In what are the "Earth feet, loam feet" of Part I of "East Coker" lifted?
(a) Somber rituals.
(b) Panicked flight.
(c) Solemn jest.
(d) Country mirth.

2. What does the speaker say "Crack and sometimes break, under the burden," in Part V of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Men.
(b) Words.
(c) Truths.
(d) Societies.

3. How many years "largely wasted, the years of l'entre deux guerres," does the speaker mention having passed in Part V of "East Coker"?
(a) Forty.
(b) Ten.
(c) Twenty.
(d) Thirty.

4. What sort of bird is in the first part of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) A robin.
(b) A thrush.
(c) A sparrow.
(d) A falcon.

5. In what must the speaker "freeze / And quake" in order to be warmed, as described in "East Coker"'s fourth part?
(a) Breath torrid and unworthy.
(b) Frigid purgatorial fires.
(c) Endless smoke of briars.
(d) Icy winds of loss.

Short Answer Questions

1. The speaker states that a new world and the old are made what in Part II of "Burnt Norton"?

2. What is desiccated when the speaker descends into a different world in the latter lines of "Burnt Norton," Part III?

3. When darkness is present, as stated in the third part of "Burnt Norton," from what does it cleanse affection?

4. What does the "wounded surgeon" ply in the first line of Part IV of "East Coker"?

5. What, in the desert of "Burnt Norton," Part V, is "most attacked by voices of temptation"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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"?

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 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"?

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

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

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

8. What is the significance of the statement in the fifth part of "Burnt Norton," "Words strain, / Crack and sometimes break... Will not stay still"?

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

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

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