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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. Of what does the speaker claim in "Burnt Norton," Part V the detail is movement?
(a) The sight.
(b) The past.
(c) The pattern.
(d) The future.

2. What does the speaker state is the "cause and end of movement" in the fifth part of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Desire.
(b) Death.
(c) Time.
(d) Love.

3. To whose funeral(s) do they all, in "East Coker," Part III, go?
(a) The petty contractors'.
(b) Their own.
(c) Nobody's.
(d) The Director's.

4. Where, according to the speaker in the third part of "East Coker," do they "all go into"?
(a) Art.
(b) The light.
(c) The civil service.
(d) The dark.

5. By what is the "sultry light" absorbed in Part I of "East Coker"?
(a) The violent gaze.
(b) The grey stone.
(c) The passing van.
(d) The shimmering water.

Short Answer Questions

1. The pattern of what, according to the speaker's meditation in Part V of "East Coker," becomes more complicated?

2. In Part II of "East Coker," against what does the "Scorpion" fight?

3. What is disturbed on the bowl of rose-leaves, as mentioned in the first part of "Burnt Norton"?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the "real destination" of the sailors, as described at the end of Part III of "The Dry Salvages"?

2. What might be meant by the statement of the bird at the end of "Burnt Norton"'s first part, that "human kind / Cannot bear very much reality"?

3. What is signified by the statement, in the final part of "Little Gidding," that "the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time"?

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

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

6. What is meant by the line, "You are not the same people who left that station," in Part III of "The Dry Salvages"?

7. 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"?

8. What does the speaker mean in Part III of "The Dry Salvages" when he states that, "the future is a faded song, a Royal Rose or a lavender spray / Of wistful regret for those who are not yet here to regret"?

9. Why does the speaker find "only a limited value / In the knowledge derived from experience" in Part II of "East Coker"?

10. Who is the "wounded surgeon" of Part IV of "East Coker," and what indicates this within the stanza?

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