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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. Time past and time future are said to "Allow but a little" what near the end of Part II of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Thought.
(b) Faith.
(c) Sense.
(d) Consciousness.

2. What does the speaker in Part I of "East Coker" state sleeps "in the empty silence"?
(a) The noonday sun.
(b) The sounds of summer.
(c) The dahlias.
(d) The early owls.

3. 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 disintegrated.
(b) They are being devoured.
(c) They are being covered up.
(d) They are being rolled away.

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

5. From what is man said in Part II of "Burnt Norton" to be protected by the "enchainment of past and future" in the body?
(a) Sin and sight.
(b) Freedom and expression.
(c) Heaven and damnation.
(d) Reality and truth.

Short Answer Questions

1. What adjective is applied to "Friday" in the final line of Part IV of "East Coker"?

2. 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"?

3. What month is mentioned in the first line of the second part of "East Coker"?

4. What sort of bird is in the first part of "Burnt Norton"?

5. In conjunction with the assertion that the stillness shall be the dancing, the speaker postulates in "East Coker"'s third part that the darkness shall be what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is signified by the speaker's questioning of the deceitfulness of the "quiet-voiced elders" in Part II of "East Coker"?

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

4. What is the significance of the statement in the fifth part of "Burnt Norton," "Words strain, / Crack and sometimes break... Will not stay still"?

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

6. 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"?

7. What does the speaker mean in the latter lines of Part III of "Burnt Norton" when he states that "This is the one way, and the other / Is the same"?

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

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

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

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