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. "The wheel" is spoken of time and time again. In one instance Becket says that "Only the fool, fixed in his folly, may think he can turn the wheel on which he turns." What is the idea of a wheel supposed to symbolize?
(a) Fate.
(b) The Past.
(c) Love.
(d) Death.

2. What is the first word that Becket speaks on his first entrance?
(a) Wait.
(b) Peace.
(c) No.
(d) Stay.

3. What is the feeling of the general public in regard to the Archbishop's return?
(a) Fear.
(b) Indifference.
(c) Enthusiasm.
(d) Apprehension.

4. What, according to the First Tempter, "should be more than biting Time can sever?"
(a) Hope.
(b) Loyalty.
(c) Death.
(d) Friendship.

5. Why does Beckett believe that the local bishops would not support a power move like regaining his Chancellorship?
(a) Because he excommunicated them.
(b) Because the King would not allow it.
(c) Because the Pope excommunicated Beckett.
(d) Because the Pope would not allow it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Messenger call the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?

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

3. What is the first idea that Becket relates to his audience and what does he insist that the Chorus "know and do not know?"

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

5. What doesn't the Third Priest see in "the art of temporal government?"

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