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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 tells his auditor in the first part of "Little Gidding" that "If you came this way... At any time or at any season... you would have to put off" what?
(a) Truth and justice.
(b) Selfishness.
(c) Curiosity.
(d) Sense and notion.

2. In the litany of "usual / Pastimes and drugs, and features of the press," given in Part V of "The Dry Salvages," communication with which god is listed?
(a) The Triune God.
(b) Krishna.
(c) Mars.
(d) Arjuna.

3. The speaker says in Part II of "The Dry Salvages" that the God of the bone's prayer is whom?
(a) Desire.
(b) Reason.
(c) Death.
(d) Christ.

4. What does the speaker state is the "land's edge also" in Part I of "The Dry Salvages"?
(a) The river.
(b) The horizon.
(c) The sky.
(d) The sea.

5. Into what are the "tongues of flame" said to be enfolded in the last lines of the poem, found in "Little Gidding"?
(a) The Beatific Vision.
(b) The crowned knot of fire.
(c) The soul of all souls.
(d) The rose.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following does the speaker NOT say man must think of as forever doing in Part II of "The Dry Salvages"?

2. The "time" which the speaker mentions in Part I of "The Dry Salvages" is older than "time counted by" what?

3. The speaker of Part II of "The Dry Salvages" states that "the moments of" what "are likewise permanent"?

4. The speaker says in Part I of "Little Gidding" that "this is the nearest, in place and time, / Now and in England." To what is "this" the nearest?

5. The speaker says in Part I of "The Dry Salvages" that "Between midnight and dawn... the past is all" what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the significance of the discussion of the past in Part II of "The Dry Salvages" (beginning with "It seems, as one becomes older" and ending with "Over the shoulder, towards the primitive terror").

2. What is the significance of the lines in Part II of "The Dry Salvages," "Only the hardly, barely prayable / Prayer of the one Annunciation"?

3. What does the speaker mean in Part III of "The Dry Salvages" when he states that, "the future is a faded song, a Royal Rose or a lavender spray / Of wistful regret for those who are not yet here to regret"?

4. How can one be "redeemed from fire by fire," as is stated in Part IV of "Little Gidding"?

5. How is "Time the destroyer" also "time the preserver," as stated in Part II of "The Dry Salvages"?

6. What is meant by the speaker's interlocutor's phrase that "next year's words await another voice" in Part II of "Little Gidding"?

7. What does the speaker mean in Part I of "Little Gidding" when he states that "This is the spring time / But not in time's covenant"?

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

9. What does the speaker mean when he states, in the last part of "The Dry Salvages," that "Here the impossible union / Of spheres of existence is actual"?

10. 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"?

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