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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 is a synonym for the word "eructation," used in the third part of "Burnt Norton"?
(a) Belching.
(b) Destruction.
(c) Obviation.
(d) Building-up.

2. What does the speaker in the "East Coker"'s fifth part claim becomes stranger as man grows older?
(a) Himself.
(b) His love.
(c) The truth.
(d) The world.

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

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

5. "Garlic and sapphires in the mud," described at the outset of Part II, clot what?
(a) The bedded axle-tree.
(b) The artery of truth.
(c) The memory of inveterate scars.
(d) The still point of the turning world.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what do faith, hope, and love all reside, according to Part III of "East Coker"?

2. Only through what can time, as stated in the final line of "Burnt Norton," Part II, be conquered?

3. For the appeasement of what does the "trilling wire in the blood" of Part II in "Burnt Norton" sing?

4. From what are the "strained time-ridden faces" of Part III of "Burnt Norton" distracted?

5. Above what do the speaker and his companions move in Part II of "Burnt Norton"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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"?

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

4. 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"?

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

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

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

8. What is meant in "Burnt Norton"'s first part by "What might have been... a world of speculation," lines 6-8?

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

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

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