Murder in the Cathedral Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 1.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the First Tempter predict for Becket if he does not "leave well alone?"
(a) HIs goose may be cooked.
(b) God will show his wrath.
(c) His fat lady will sing.
(d) Everything will be set right.

2. What does the First Priest believe was Becket's character flaw that ultimately brought an end to his friendship with the King?
(a) Cowardliness.
(b) Self-loathing.
(c) Pride.
(d) Laziness.

3. How does the Fourth Tempter claim Beckett can have ultimate glory and power over the King of England?
(a) By giving his money to the people.
(b) By killing the King.
(c) By becoming the Chancellor again.
(d) By becoming a martyr.

4. What doesn't the Third Priest see in "the art of temporal government?"
(a) Duplicity.
(b) Violence.
(c) Intrigue.
(d) Frequent Malversation.

5. What is the first idea that Becket relates to his audience and what does he insist that the Chorus "know and do not know?"
(a) Life is suffering and suffering is death.
(b) Action is suffering and suffering is action.
(c) Suffering is everything and everything is suffering.
(d) The world is suffering and they are the world.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the First Tempter tell Becket he remembers?

2. According to the information in the opening monologue, how many years have passed since the Archbishop has left the city?

3. Why does Beckett believe that the local bishops would not support a power move like regaining his Chancellorship?

4. According to the Chorus, what does the Archbishop bring into Canterbury?

5. Why is the fourth visitor the most successful Tempter?

(see the answer key)

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