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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. According to the speaker of "Little Gidding," history may be either freedom or what?
(a) Solace.
(b) The future.
(c) Servitude.
(d) False.

2. "Our own past is covered," says the speaker of Part II of "The Dry Salvages," "by the currents of" what?
(a) Temporality.
(b) Action.
(c) History.
(d) Others.

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

4. By whom does the speaker say that the "brown god is almost forgotten" in the first part of "The Dry Salvages"?
(a) City dwellers.
(b) Farmers.
(c) All mankind.
(d) Kings.

5. 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) Mars.
(b) Arjuna.
(c) Krishna.
(d) The Triune God.

Short Answer Questions

1. Between what are the "children in the apple-tree... heard, half-heard" in the last part of "Little Gidding"?

2. The speaker states in "Little Gidding"'s first part that "you are here... Where prayer has been valid" to do what?

3. The speaker asserts in Part I of "The Dry Salvages" that the sea has many what?

4. The last two lines of Part IV of "Little Gidding" state that "We only live, only suspire / Consumed by either" what or what?

5. What is the answer to the question in Part IV of "Little Gidding," "Who then devised the torment"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is meant by the phrase, in Part V of "Little Gidding," "Every poem [is] an epitaph"?

2. What is meant in Part III of "Little Gidding" by "not less of love but expanding / Of love beyond desire, and so liberation / From the future as well as the past"?

3. 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"?

4. What does the speaker mean by saying in Part V of "The Dry Salvages" that "to apprehend / The point of intersection of the timeless / With time, is an occupation for the saint"?

5. What is the meaning of "Behovely" as it is used in the phrase, found in Part III of "Little Gidding" that, "Sin is Behovely"?

6. Explain what is meant by the paradoxical statement in Part V of "The Dry Salvages," "music heard so deeply / That it is not heard at all."

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

8. What is the "real destination" of the sailors, as described at the end of Part III of "The Dry Salvages"?

9. 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"?

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

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