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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 say "Crack and sometimes break, under the burden," in Part V of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Truths.
(b) Societies.
(c) Words.
(d) Men.

2. 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) Icy winds of loss.
(c) Endless smoke of briars.
(d) Breath torrid and unworthy.

3. 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"?
(a) The gray stones.
(b) The village street.
(c) The open field.
(d) The deep lane.

4. The speaker states, in the first part of "Burnt Norton," that what "might have been" is a(n) what?
(a) A frivolous thought.
(b) A perpetual possibility.
(c) A passive potency.
(d) An unrealized actuality.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what does the speaker claim in "Burnt Norton," Part V the detail is movement?

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

3. In what are the "Earth feet, loam feet" of Part I of "East Coker" lifted?

4. The first line of Part III of "Burnt Norton" states that "here is a place of" what?

5. What does the speaker of East Coker parallel with "death" in the final lines of Part I of "East Coker"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is an interpretative way to read the significance of the "ragged rock" being "what it always was," at the end of Part II of "The Dry Salvages"?

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

4. 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"?

5. What are the other echoes which inhabit the rose-garden in Part I of "Burnt Norton"?

6. What is meant in Part III of "Little Gidding" by "not less of love but expanding / Of love beyond desire, and so liberation / From the future as well as the past"?

7. What does the speaker mean by saying in Part V of "The Dry Salvages" that "to apprehend / The point of intersection of the timeless / With time, is an occupation for the saint"?

8. What does the speaker mean in Part I of "Little Gidding" when he states that "This is the spring time / But not in time's covenant"?

9. What is meant by the phrase, in Part V of "Little Gidding," "Every poem [is] an epitaph"?

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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