Murder in the Cathedral Quiz | Eight 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. Who are the first two characters who speak of "the wheel" on separate occasions?
(a) The Chorus and Thomas Becket.
(b) The Third Priest and Thomas Becket.
(c) The First Priest and the First Tempter.
(d) The First Priest and the Second Priest.

2. How does the Second Tempter claim real power is purchased?
(a) At price of his immortal soul.
(b) At price of a certain submission.
(c) At price of his devotion to God.
(d) At price of an uncertain quantity.

3. What does the First Tempter predict for Becket if he does not "leave well alone?"
(a) God will show his wrath.
(b) His fat lady will sing.
(c) HIs goose may be cooked.
(d) Everything will be set right.

4. What metaphor does the Third Priest use to compare the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?
(a) A wolf and a sheep.
(b) A hammer and an anvil.
(c) Fire and water.
(d) A rock and a hard place.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is not one of the things that the Tempter describes in his flashback of the "good time" Becket used to enjoy in his service to King Henry?

2. What does Becket claim is the "substance of our first act?"

3. What group of people does the Chorus consist of?

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?

5. What is the first action that the Second Priest wants to take to welcome the Archbishop back to Canterbury?

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