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 is not one of the ways the Chorus, the priests and the Tempters describe an unexpected death?
(a) Drowning in a ditch.
(b) Slipping on a step.
(c) Taking a shock to the skull.
(d) Attacked by dogs.

2. "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) Love.
(b) Fate.
(c) The Past.
(d) Death.

3. What month does the Second Tempter say Beckett will have power?
(a) The last from the first.
(b) The first to the second.
(c) The first.
(d) The last to the last.

4. 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) Action is suffering and suffering is action.
(b) The world is suffering and they are the world.
(c) Life is suffering and suffering is death.
(d) Suffering is everything and everything is suffering.

5. What character(s) opens the play with the first monologue?
(a) The Chorus.
(b) Thomas Becket.
(c) The Messenger.
(d) The Priests.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?

2. What ruler of England does the Second Priest refer to as "the stubborn King?"

3. What does Beckett believe to be the last temptation and what he fears the most?

4. Who does Becket say saved him from the wrath of his enemies?

5. How does Thomas Beckett's thought end?: "If the Archbishop cannot trust the Throne/ He has good cause to trust none but _____________"

(see the answer key)

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