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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 what must the speaker "freeze / And quake" in order to be warmed, as described in "East Coker"'s fourth part?
(a) Frigid purgatorial fires.
(b) Endless smoke of briars.
(c) Breath torrid and unworthy.
(d) Icy winds of loss.

2. What does the speaker of East Coker parallel with "death" in the final lines of Part I of "East Coker"?
(a) Life.
(b) Dung.
(c) Drinking.
(d) Sleep.

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

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

5. What does the speaker claim in Part IV of "East Coker" is "Our only health"?
(a) The real.
(b) Despair.
(c) The disease.
(d) The truth.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where, according to the speaker in the third part of "East Coker," do they "all go into"?

2. In the seventh line of Part II of "East Coker," with what are late roses said to be filled?

3. What is heard in Part II upon the "sodden floor / Below" pursuing a pattern as before?

4. Only by what does the speaker postulate in Part V of "Burnt Norton," that words or music can reach the stillness?

5. In the fifth part of "East Coker" the speaker claims that there is only the fight to do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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. 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"?

7. What is a possible interpretation of the fourth part of "Burnt Norton"?

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

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

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

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