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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 states in Part V of "Burnt Norton" that "Desire itself is movement," that is what?
(a) The cause and end of movement.
(b) Itself unmoving.
(c) Not in itself desirable.
(d) The quick of movement.

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

3. Which of the following does the speaker in Part I of "East Coker" not say replaces the lots where there used to be houses?
(a) A factory.
(b) A haphazard pile of flats.
(c) An open field.
(d) A by-pass.

4. Of what world's inoperancy does the poem's narrator speak of in "Burnt Norton," Part III?
(a) The world of spirit.
(b) The world of solitude.
(c) The world of fancy.
(d) The world of sense.

5. What is a synonym for the word "eructation," used in the third part of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Building-up.
(b) Belching.
(c) Destruction.
(d) Obviation.

Short Answer Questions

1. For the appeasement of what does the "trilling wire in the blood" of Part II in "Burnt Norton" sing?

2. What does the speaker, in Part I of "East Coker" state that his auditor can hear in the open field on a summer midnight?

3. In "Burnt Norton," what is daylight said to invest form with in Part III, when it is present?

4. Interpretively, what is meant by "those long since under earth / Nourishing the corn"? in Part I of "East Coker"?

5. The speaker claims in Part V of "East Coker" that what "is most nearly itself / When here and now cease to matter"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does the speaker claim in Part II of "Burnt Norton" that "To be conscious is not to be in time"?

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

9. 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"?

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

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