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. Finish the thought of the First Tempter: "A man will often love what he ______."
(a) Sees.
(b) Hates.
(c) Misses.
(d) Spurns.

2. 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 a martyr.
(d) By becoming the Chancellor again.

3. What does Beckett believe to be the last temptation and what he fears the most?
(a) Dying.
(b) Doing the wrong thing for the right reason.
(c) Doing the right deed for the wrong reason.
(d) Doing the thing you cannot do.

4. What does the First Tempter tell Becket he remembers?
(a) The good time past.
(b) The danger he is in.
(c) His loyalty to the king.
(d) The hard times of the poor.

5. What does Becket claim is the "substance of our first act?"
(a) God and his greatness.
(b) God and his mercy.
(c) Shadows, and the strife with shadows.
(d) Temptation, and the life with temptation.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the Third Tempter describe himself?

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?

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

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

5. What does the First Priest believe was Becket's character flaw that ultimately brought an end to his friendship with the King?

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