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. "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) Death.
(d) Fate.

2. What month does the Second Tempter say Beckett will have power?
(a) The first to the second.
(b) The last from the first.
(c) The first.
(d) The last to the last.

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

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

5. What character(s) opens the play with the first monologue?
(a) The Chorus.
(b) Thomas Becket.
(c) The Priests.
(d) The Messenger.

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

3. How does the Third Tempter describe himself?

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

5. What does the Second Tempter tell Beckett he will be like if he continues on course?

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