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

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

3. What is the first action that the Second Priest wants to take to welcome the Archbishop back to Canterbury?
(a) Have the fires lit in his rooms.
(b) Throw a celebration in his honor.
(c) Lead a prayer.
(d) Have a feast.

4. Who does Becket say may have intercepted his letters and planned his demise?
(a) Greedy merchants.
(b) King Henry II.
(c) Rebellious bishops.
(d) The King of France.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the information in the opening monologue, how many years have passed since the Archbishop has left the city?

2. What does the First Tempter predict for Becket if he does not "leave well alone?"

3. What is the first word that Becket speaks on his first entrance?

4. What character(s) opens the play with the first monologue?

5. According to the Chorus, what does the Archbishop bring into Canterbury?

(see the answer key)

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