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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. The speaker says in Part II of "East Coker" that there is "only a limited value / In the knowledge derived from" what?
(a) Books.
(b) Principles.
(c) Teachers.
(d) Experience.

2. What, towards the end of "Burnt Norton"'s first part, rose quietly out of the water that came from sunlight?
(a) Children.
(b) The lotos.
(c) The cloud.
(d) The bird.

3. The final line of Part III of "East Coker" claims that "where you are is" what?
(a) Where you are.
(b) Where you are not.
(c) Where you will be.
(d) Where you have been.

4. Which of the following is not cataloged by the speaker as something "long looked forward to" in the second part of "East Coker"?
(a) Calm.
(b) Eternal respite.
(c) Wisdom of age.
(d) Autumnal serenity.

5. 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"'?
(a) Assertion and denial.
(b) Truth and judgment.
(c) Words and meanings.
(d) Negation of humanity.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Garlic and sapphires in the mud," described at the outset of Part II, clot what?

2. Where, according to the speaker in the third part of "East Coker," do they "all go into"?

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

4. The speaker questions whether or not who had "deceived us / Or deceived themselves" in Part II of "East Coker"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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"?

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

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

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

7. 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"?

8. Why does the speaker claim in Part II of "Burnt Norton" that "To be conscious is not to be in time"?

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

10. How is the "here" of Part III of "Burnt Norton" described, and what is significant about this description?

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