Murder in the Cathedral Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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

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

2. To Beckett, what is martyrdom?
(a) It is the result of cruel men.
(b) It is always the design of God.
(c) It is always a request of angels.
(d) An act of chance.

3. What are the priests eager to know once the Messenger has delivered his initial message?
(a) Where the Archbishop is staying.
(b) How much time they have before the Archbishop arrives.
(c) If the King has learned of the Archbishop's return from France.
(d) If the King and the Archbishop have made peace.

4. Where is the Interlude set?
(a) The King's palace.
(b) The gates of the Cathedral.
(c) The Cathedral.
(d) The Archbishop's Hall.

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

Short Answer 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?

2. What doesn't the Third Priest see in "the art of temporal government?"

3. What is the best way to define the style in which T.S. Eliot wrote the Interlude?

4. In what city of England does the story take place?

5. Why is the fourth visitor the most successful Tempter?

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