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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 a synonym for the word "eructation," used in the third part of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Obviation.
(b) Belching.
(c) Building-up.
(d) Destruction.

2. Only through what can time, as stated in the final line of "Burnt Norton," Part II, be conquered?
(a) Death.
(b) Truth.
(c) Time.
(d) Eternity.

3. 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) Autumnal serenity.
(c) Calm.
(d) Eternal respite.

4. "Old timber" goes to what, in Part I of "East Coker"?
(a) New buildings.
(b) Factories.
(c) Eternal Death.
(d) New fires.

5. Where was the "unheard music" hidden in Part I of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) The forest.
(b) The shrubbery.
(c) Under the earth.
(d) Outside the garden.

Short Answer Questions

1. Only by what does the speaker postulate in Part V of "Burnt Norton," that words or music can reach the stillness?

2. Into what did the characters of "Burnt Norton"'s first part look towards the end?

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

4. In "Burnt Norton," what is daylight said to invest form with in Part III, when it is present?

5. The speaker states, in the first part of "Burnt Norton," that what "might have been" is a(n) what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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"?

6. 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"?

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

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

9. What is meant in the lines, "But to what purpose... I do not know," in the first part of "Burnt Norton"?

10. 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"?

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