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

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

3. The pattern of what, according to the speaker's meditation in Part V of "East Coker," becomes more complicated?
(a) Speaking and hearing.
(b) Reality and appearance.
(c) Dead and living.
(d) Truth and falsity.

4. What is said to be "not here" in this "twittering world" in the "Burnt Norton"'s third part?
(a) Time.
(b) Sanity.
(c) The darkness.
(d) The light.

5. In what do faith, hope, and love all reside, according to Part III of "East Coker"?
(a) Light.
(b) Darkness.
(c) Thought.
(d) Waiting.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is happening to "the hills and the trees, the distant panorama / And the bold imposing facade" in "East Coker"'s second part?

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

4. Words and music are said to move, in the fifth part of "Burnt Norton," only in what?

5. In the opening eight lines of the third part of "East Coker", the speaker mentions the "Directory of" what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is an interpretative possibility for the scene the speaker describes in the open field in the first part of "East Coker"?

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

3. What is the purpose of the line, repeated and modified throughout the first part of "East Coker," "In my beginning is my end"?

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

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

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

7. What does the speaker mean when he states in Part V of "East Coker" that "there is no competition - / There is only the fight to recover what has been lost And found and lost again and again"?

8. What is meant by the "intolerable wrestled / With words and meanings" in the second part of "East Coker"?

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

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

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