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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. With regards to the past and future, right action is said to be what by the speaker in Part V of "The Dry Salvages"?
(a) Freedom from.
(b) Assurance of.
(c) Uncertainty about.
(d) Means to.

2. The speaker states in "The Dry Salvages"'s last part that the "hint half guessed, the gift half understood, is" what?
(a) Invocation.
(b) Incarnation.
(c) Annihilation.
(d) Annunciation.

3. 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) Sense and notion.
(c) Selfishness.
(d) Curiosity.

4. The speaker states in "Little Gidding"'s first part that "you are here... Where prayer has been valid" to do what?
(a) Kneel.
(b) Carry report.
(c) Pray.
(d) Instruct yourself.

5. In addition to the life of the present individual and his peers, the speaker says in Part II of "The Dry Salvages" that "the past experience revived in the meaning / Is not the experience of one life only," but of whom?
(a) The eternal.
(b) Many generations.
(c) Posterity.
(d) Antiquity.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the first line of Part III of "Little Gidding," it is said that there are how many "conditions which often look alike / Yet differ completely"?

2. With what do "we challenge / The first-met stranger in the waning dusk," according to the speaker in Part II of "Little Gidding"?

3. The hedgerow is said in Part I of "Little Gidding" to be "blanched for an hour with transitory blossom" of what?

4. What does the speaker say is "in the fir trees" in the first part of "The Dry Salvages"?

5. The interlocutor of Part II of "Little Gidding" states that the "Fullfed beast shall kick " what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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"?

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

5. What is meant by the statement in Part II of "Little Gidding" that "Water and fire deride / The sacrifice that we denied"?

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

7. 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"?

8. What does the speaker mean by saying in Part I of "Little Gidding" that "prayer is more / Than an order of words, the conscious occupation / Of the praying mind, or the sound of the voice praying"?

9. 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."

10. What characterizes the "gifts reserved for age" which the interlocutor of Part II of "Little Gidding" describes to the poem's speaker?

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