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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 did the speaker say to his soul twice in Part III of "East Coker"?
(a) You are dead.
(b) Be still.
(c) Let us go.
(d) Where art thou?

2. 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?
(a) Wisdom.
(b) Elders.
(c) Ignorance.
(d) Principles.

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

4. The speaker states that a new world and the old are made what in Part II of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Explicit.
(b) Ecstatic.
(c) Implicit.
(d) Spiritually imbued.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Only through what can time, as stated in the final line of "Burnt Norton," Part II, be conquered?

2. By what are "Men and bits of paper" whirled about in "Burnt Norton," Part III?

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. In what must the speaker "freeze / And quake" in order to be warmed, as described in "East Coker"'s fourth part?

5. In what way does the world move, according to the final three lines of Part II of "Burnt Norton"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is an interpretative possibility for the final four lines of the first part of "East Coker"?

2. Why is it said by the speaker in "Burnt Norton"'s second part that "the enchainment of past and future / Woven in the weakness of the changing body, / Protects mankind from heaven and damnation / Which flesh cannot endure"?

3. What is meant in "Burnt Norton"'s first part by "What might have been... a world of speculation," lines 6-8?

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

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

6. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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