Murder in the Cathedral Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 2.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is another observation Beckett has about his approaching murder?
(a) He will be the first martyr of Canterbury.
(b) He may not be the last martyr.
(c) His murder will shock the world.
(d) His death will shame the King.

2. How does the structure of the dialogue change during Becket's first temptation?
(a) The First Tempter speaks in verse.
(b) All of the characters speak in riddles.
(c) The play becomes one monologue.
(d) All of the characters other than Beckett fall silent.

3. What idea does the Fourth Tempter repeat that Beckett voiced on his first entrance?
(a) Everything is suffering and suffering is everthing.
(b) Life is suffering and suffering is death.
(c) Suffering is life and life is action.
(d) Action is suffering and suffering is action.

4. What would be the most likely reaction of the Canterbury people that this is Beckett's last sermon?
(a) Happiness and celebration.
(b) None of these.
(c) Apathy and boredom.
(d) Shock and confusion.

5. What is not one of the topics of Beckett's sermon in the Interlude?
(a) Martyrdom.
(b) The meaning of Christmas.
(c) Peace.
(d) Temptation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Fill in the blank:" ...so in Heaven the Saints are most _______, having made themselves most _______..."

2. What is one way the Knights describe Beckett?

3. "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?

4. Fill in the blanks: "For who on the world will both _______ and ________ at once and for the same reason?"

5. Which Knight does Beckett single out as a Traitor?

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