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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 sort of bird is in the first part of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) A thrush.
(b) A falcon.
(c) A sparrow.
(d) A robin.

2. Which flowers had "the look of flowers that are looked at" in Part I of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) The roses.
(b) The daisies.
(c) The tulips.
(d) The daffodils.

3. Into what world does the speaker mention descending in the third part of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) The world without man.
(b) The world of ineffable sound.
(c) The world of perpetual solitude.
(d) The world of lachrymose souls.

4. To what agony do the "Whisper of running streams" and "The laughter in the garden" point, according to Part III of "East Coker"?
(a) Autumn and winter.
(b) Death and birth.
(c) Love and loss.
(d) Freedom and responsibility.

5. Above what do the speaker and his companions move in Part II of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) The summer leaf.
(b) The moving tree.
(c) The turning world.
(d) The stars.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Part II of "East Coker," against what does the "Scorpion" fight?

2. In what form is love caught, between un-being and being, according to Part V of "Burnt Norton"?

3. "Old timber" goes to what, in Part I of "East Coker"?

4. With what does the "periphrastic study in a worn-out poetical fashion" leave one to wrestle, as stated in the second part of "East Coker"'?

5. What, in the desert of "Burnt Norton," Part V, is "most attacked by voices of temptation"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is signified by the phrase in Part III of "East Coker," "the growing terror of nothing to think about"?

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

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

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

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

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

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