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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 the opening eight lines of the third part of "East Coker", the speaker mentions the "Directory of" what?
(a) Directors.
(b) Papers.
(c) Stars.
(d) Lights.

2. The final line of Part III of "East Coker" claims that "where you are is" what?
(a) Where you have been.
(b) Where you are not.
(c) Where you are.
(d) Where you will be.

3. If not, as stated in Part II, for what, there would be no dance?
(a) The still point.
(b) The boar.
(c) The heart of the world.
(d) The stars.

4. What does the speaker in Part I of "East Coker" state sleeps "in the empty silence"?
(a) The dahlias.
(b) The noonday sun.
(c) The sounds of summer.
(d) The early owls.

5. By a grace of what was the speaker surrounded in "Burnt Norton," Part II?
(a) Incomprehensibility.
(b) Sense.
(c) Deprivation.
(d) Thought.

Short Answer Questions

1. What month is mentioned in the first line of the second part of "East Coker"?

2. What is a synonym for the word "eructation," used in the third part of "Burnt Norton"?

3. Time past and time future are said to "Allow but a little" what near the end of Part II of "Burnt Norton"?

4. Which of the following does the speaker wish to hear of concerning old men, in "East Coker," Part II?

5. Across what does the light fall, mentioned by the speaker in Part I of "East Coker" after the second time he utters the phrase "In my beginning is my end"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the speaker mean in Part II of "Burnt Norton" when he states at the still point of the turning world, "there the dance is, / But neither arrest nor movement"?

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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"?

9. Why does the speaker of "East Coker" want only to hear of the folly of old men, in Part II of "East Coker"?

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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