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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 is happening to "the hills and the trees, the distant panorama / And the bold imposing facade" in "East Coker"'s second part?
(a) They are being covered up.
(b) They are being devoured.
(c) They are being rolled away.
(d) They are being disintegrated.

2. To whose funeral(s) do they all, in "East Coker," Part III, go?
(a) Their own.
(b) The Director's.
(c) Nobody's.
(d) The petty contractors'.

3. What does the speaker, in Part I of "East Coker" state that his auditor can hear in the open field on a summer midnight?
(a) Music.
(b) Crying.
(c) Nature.
(d) Nothing.

4. From what are the "strained time-ridden faces" of Part III of "Burnt Norton" distracted?
(a) Sincerity.
(b) Stillness.
(c) Distraction.
(d) Opulence.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the speaker state is eternally present in Part I of "Burnt Norton"?

2. Time past and time future are said to "Allow but a little" what near the end of Part II of "Burnt Norton"?

3. How many years "largely wasted, the years of l'entre deux guerres," does the speaker mention having passed in Part V of "East Coker"?

4. What does the speaker claim in Part IV of "East Coker" is "Our only health"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. What is meant in Part III of "Little Gidding" by "We cannot revive old factions / We cannot restore old policies / Or follow an antique drum"?

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

7. Summarize the significance of the discussion of the past in Part II of "The Dry Salvages" (beginning with "It seems, as one becomes older" and ending with "Over the shoulder, towards the primitive terror").

8. 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"?

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

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

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