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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 does the speaker, in Part I of "East Coker" state that his auditor can hear in the open field on a summer midnight?
(a) Crying.
(b) Music.
(c) Nature.
(d) Nothing.

2. With what are the "tattered arras" woven in Part I of "East Coker"?
(a) Luminescent thread.
(b) A field-mouse.
(c) Disconsolate eyes.
(d) A silent motto.

3. Of what wisdom does the speaker hope to acquire, as stated near the end of Part II of "East Coker"?
(a) The wisdom of God.
(b) The wisdom of humility.
(c) The wisdom of death.
(d) The wisdom of old men.

4. Only through what can time, as stated in the final line of "Burnt Norton," Part II, be conquered?
(a) Truth.
(b) Time.
(c) Death.
(d) Eternity.

5. By what are "Men and bits of paper" whirled about in "Burnt Norton," Part III?
(a) The eddies of time.
(b) The vacillation of spirit.
(c) The cold wind.
(d) The gyre of history.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the speaker in the "East Coker"'s fifth part claim becomes stranger as man grows older?

2. If not, as stated in Part II, for what, there would be no dance?

3. By what is the "sultry light" absorbed in Part I of "East Coker"?

4. "Old timber" goes to what, in Part I of "East Coker"?

5. How many years "largely wasted, the years of l'entre deux guerres," does the speaker mention having passed in Part V of "East Coker"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 does the speaker mean by saying in Part V of "Burnt Norton" that love is caught "in the form of limitation"?

6. 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"?

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

8. What is the significance of the "Eructation of unhealthy souls," mentioned in Part III of "Burnt Norton"?

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

10. 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"?

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