Murder in the Cathedral Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 1.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does the Third Tempter believe upon his arrival?
(a) He is in danger.
(b) He was expected.
(c) He was unexpected.
(d) He is there to cause confusion.

3. 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.

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

5. According to the information in the opening monologue, how many years have passed since the Archbishop has left the city?
(a) Twenty.
(b) Seven.
(c) Five.
(d) Twelve.

Short Answer Questions

1. What important message does the Messenger convey to the Priests?

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

3. In Part One, where does the action of the play take place?

4. How does the Chorus describe itself?

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?

(see the answer key)

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