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 does the Chorus claim is their purpose in the action of the play?
(a) To serve the Priests of the Cathedral.
(b) To witness the events and take no action.
(c) To warn Thomas Becket.
(d) To prevent a murder.

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

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

4. Defined by Beckett, who was the first martyr whose sacrifice is celebrated the day after Christmas?
(a) Mary.
(b) Stephen.
(c) Paul.
(d) John the Baptist.

5. Fill in the blank: "I leave you to the pleasure of your __________, Which will have to be paid for at ______________."
(a) piety; reckoning.
(b) life; your strife.
(c) lies; the end.
(d) higher vices; higher prices.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is one of the reasons Beckett would allow himself to be killed?

3. How does the Fourth Tempter claim Beckett can have ultimate glory and power over the King of England?

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

5. What, according to the First Tempter, "should be more than biting Time can sever?"

(see the answer key)

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