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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 conjunction with the assertion that the stillness shall be the dancing, the speaker postulates in "East Coker"'s third part that the darkness shall be what?
(a) Light.
(b) Movement.
(c) Truth.
(d) Death.

2. The speaker says in Part II of "East Coker" that there is "only a limited value / In the knowledge derived from" what?
(a) Books.
(b) Experience.
(c) Principles.
(d) Teachers.

3. What, in the desert of "Burnt Norton," Part V, is "most attacked by voices of temptation"?
(a) The man.
(b) The Word.
(c) The soul.
(d) The beautiful.

4. Which of the following is not cataloged by the speaker as something "long looked forward to" in the second part of "East Coker"?
(a) Wisdom of age.
(b) Calm.
(c) Autumnal serenity.
(d) Eternal respite.

5. Under what are all of the dancers gone, according to the last line of Part II of "East Coker"?
(a) The hill.
(b) The earth.
(c) The sea.
(d) The sky.

Short Answer Questions

1. If "we" in Part IV of "East Coker" do well in the whole earth, as "our hospital," of what shall we die?

2. What did the speaker say to his soul twice in Part III of "East Coker"?

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

4. What, towards the end of "Burnt Norton"'s first part, rose quietly out of the water that came from sunlight?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is meant in "Burnt Norton"'s first part by "What might have been... a world of speculation," lines 6-8?

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

10. What does it mean to say, as the speaker does in the final line of Part II of "Burnt Norton," that "Only through time time is conquered"?

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