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 Priest compare the women of Canterbury to?
(a) Frogs in the treetops.
(b) Worms in the belly.
(c) Chickens in a coop.
(d) Horses in the stalls.

2. In what city of England does the story take place?
(a) York.
(b) London.
(c) Cambridge.
(d) Canterbury.

3. Why is the fourth visitor the most successful Tempter?
(a) He helps Beckett find peace.
(b) He represents the people.
(c) He makes peace between Beckett and the King.
(d) He voices Beckett's own desires.

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

5. What ruler of England does the Second Priest refer to as "the stubborn King?"
(a) Edward III.
(b) Henry II.
(c) James I.
(d) Richard I.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Fill in the blank: "I leave you to the pleasure of your __________, Which will have to be paid for at ______________."

3. Who are the first two characters who speak of "the wheel" on separate occasions?

4. What is not one of the ways the Chorus, the priests and the Tempters describe an unexpected death?

5. Who does the Third Tempter represent?

(see the answer key)

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