Murder in the Cathedral Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 2.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the Four Tempters, what is man's life?
(a) A cheat and a disappointment.
(b) An inconvenience to God.
(c) A viscious cycle.
(d) A fleeting moment.

2. What is one of the reasons Beckett would allow himself to be killed?
(a) To prove the King wrong.
(b) For revenge.
(c) For the glory of martyrdom.
(d) To aid in the salvation of man.

3. What does the Chorus continue to reference in the speech that begins, "I have smelt them, the death-bringers..."
(a) The seven days of the week.
(b) The years ahead.
(c) The four seasons.
(d) The five senses.

4. What is NOT a reason that Beckett gives for God choosing to have martyrs?
(a) To being mankind back to His ways.
(b) To lead them.
(c) To warn them.
(d) To instill fear in them.

5. What is NOT one of the ways Beckett defines peace?
(a) The Pope at peace with the King.
(b) A wife singing to her children.
(c) Barons at peace with the King.
(d) Drinking wine with a friend at a table.

Short Answer Questions

1. Finish the sentence: "I am not in danger..."

2. When the Knights speak, how does the format of the play change?

3. What does the Chorus claim is their purpose in the action of the play?

4. What is the irony that Beckett points out to the Priests upon his entrance in Part II?

5. What metaphor does the Third Priest use to compare the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?

(see the answer key)

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