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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. 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?
(a) Light.
(b) Truth.
(c) Movement.
(d) Death.

2. In what are the "Earth feet, loam feet" of Part I of "East Coker" lifted?
(a) Panicked flight.
(b) Solemn jest.
(c) Country mirth.
(d) Somber rituals.

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

4. The speaker says near the end of Part V of "East Coker" that old men ought to be what?
(a) Teachers.
(b) Friends.
(c) Grievers.
(d) Explorers.

5. The speaker states in the third part of "East Coker" that "In order to arrive at what you do not know / You must go by a way which is the way of" what?
(a) Principles.
(b) Elders.
(c) Ignorance.
(d) Wisdom.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is heard in Part II upon the "sodden floor / Below" pursuing a pattern as before?

2. How many years "largely wasted, the years of l'entre deux guerres," does the speaker mention having passed in Part V of "East Coker"?

3. In the seventh line of Part II of "East Coker," with what are late roses said to be filled?

4. Whose hidden laughter in the foliage does the speaker mention in the final lines of "Burnt Norton"?

5. The first part of "Burnt Norton" says that footfalls echo in what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the speaker mean in Part I of "The Dry Salvages" by "The tolling bell / Measures time not our time"?

3. What is significant about the speaker's discussion of the strangeness of the sea in relation to man, in Part I of "The Dry Salvages"?

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

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

6. With whom does the speaker of Part II of "Little Gidding" converse, and what is their relationship to one another, on the literal level?

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. What is signified by the statement, in the final part of "Little Gidding," that "the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time"?

9. What is meant by the line, "You are not the same people who left that station," in Part III of "The Dry Salvages"?

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

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