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

2. How many years "largely wasted, the years of l'entre deux guerres," does the speaker mention having passed in Part V of "East Coker"?
(a) Forty.
(b) Twenty.
(c) Thirty.
(d) Ten.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the last phrase of Part I of "East Coker"?

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

3. What does the speaker say is all he can utter concerning where "we have been" in Part II?

4. To whose funeral(s) do they all, in "East Coker," Part III, go?

5. Only through what can time, as stated in the final line of "Burnt Norton," Part II, be conquered?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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"?

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

3. 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"?

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

5. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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

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