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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. If "we" in Part IV of "East Coker" do well in the whole earth, as "our hospital," of what shall we die?
(a) Freedom from care.
(b) Absolute paternal care.
(c) Natural old age.
(d) Desire and despair.

2. What, in the first line of "Burnt Norton," Part IV, are "time and the bell" said to have buried?
(a) The night.
(b) The truth.
(c) The sun.
(d) The day.

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

4. The speaker says that "each venture / Is a new" what in Part V of "East Coker"?
(a) Deception.
(b) End.
(c) Faith.
(d) Beginning.

5. The speaker states in the third part of "East Coker" that "In order to arrive at what you do not know / You must go by a way which is the way of" what?
(a) Wisdom.
(b) Ignorance.
(c) Elders.
(d) Principles.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What goes in and out of "unwholesome lungs" in Part III of "Burnt Norton"?

3. By what is the "sultry light" absorbed in Part I of "East Coker"?

4. What does the "wounded surgeon" ply in the first line of Part IV of "East Coker"?

5. With what are the "tattered arras" woven in Part I of "East Coker"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the speaker mean in Part IV of "East Coker" when he states that "Our only health is the disease"?

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

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. What is the significance of the dark, mentioned repeatedly at the beginning of Part III of "East Coker," into which "they" all go?

7. 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"?

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

9. What purpose is served by the string of paradoxical statements at the end of Part III of "East Coker"?

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

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