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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. How many years "largely wasted, the years of l'entre deux guerres," does the speaker mention having passed in Part V of "East Coker"?
(a) Thirty.
(b) Ten.
(c) Twenty.
(d) Forty.

2. In what way does the world move, according to the final three lines of Part II of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Obstinacy.
(b) Appetency.
(c) Fidelity.
(d) Frivolity.

3. 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) Elders.
(b) Principles.
(c) Wisdom.
(d) Ignorance.

4. What does the speaker claim in Part IV of "East Coker" is "Our only health"?
(a) The disease.
(b) The truth.
(c) The real.
(d) Despair.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the speaker say "Crack and sometimes break, under the burden," in Part V of "Burnt Norton"?

2. Of what growing terror does the speaker mention seeing in the deepening "mental emptiness," in Part III of "East Coker"?

3. What must there not be in the way wherein one goes in order to get "there," according to the speaker of Part III of "East Coker"?

4. Of what world's inoperancy does the poem's narrator speak of in "Burnt Norton," Part III?

5. What is the "dignified and commodious sacrament" mentioned in Part I of "East Coker"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the "wounded surgeon" of Part IV of "East Coker," and what indicates this within the stanza?

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

3. 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"?

4. 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"?

5. 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"?

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

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

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

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

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

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