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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. For the appeasement of what does the "trilling wire in the blood" of Part II in "Burnt Norton" sing?
(a) The drift of stars.
(b) The circulation of the lymph.
(c) Long forgotten wars.
(d) Inveterate scars.

2. What does the speaker say is all he can utter concerning where "we have been" in Part II?
(a) Nowhere.
(b) Here.
(c) Everywhere.
(d) There.

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

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

5. Words and music are said to move, in the fifth part of "Burnt Norton," only in what?
(a) Men's minds.
(b) Time.
(c) The wind.
(d) Truth and falsity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What, described in Part I of "Burnt Norton," lays on the other side of the door that the speaker and his auditor never opened?

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

3. Of what wisdom does the speaker hope to acquire, as stated near the end of Part II of "East Coker"?

4. 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?

5. Of what instrument's stillness, "while the note lasts," does the speaker explicitly speak in Part V of "Burnt Norton"?

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 phrase in Part III of "East Coker," "the growing terror of nothing to think about"?

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

5. What does the speaker mean in Part IV of "East Coker" when he states that "Our only health is the disease"?

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

7. What does the speaker mean by commanding, in Part III of "East Coker," that one wait without hoping or loving, and that "the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting"?

8. 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"?

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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