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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who are the first two characters who speak of "the wheel" on separate occasions?
(a) The First Priest and the Second Priest.
(b) The Chorus and Thomas Becket.
(c) The Third Priest and Thomas Becket.
(d) The First Priest and the First Tempter.

2. 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) Dying.
(c) Doing the right deed for the wrong reason.
(d) Doing the thing you cannot do.

3. What is it that the Second Tempter offers Becket?
(a) His former political position.
(b) A new life.
(c) The English throne.
(d) A new love.

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

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

6. According to the Third Tempter, what does friendship depend upon?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Time.
(c) Circumstance.
(d) Peace.

7. What does the Messenger say were the last words of Thomas Becket to the King of England before the Archbishop's exile?
(a) My Lord, I leave England, a land I shall not see again.
(b) My Lord, I leave you as a man whom in this life I shall not see again.
(c) My Lord, I leave you as a man, whom you shall not see again for seven years.
(d) My Lord, I leave you as a man, whom you shall see again as an angel.

8. What idea does the Fourth Tempter repeat that Beckett voiced on his first entrance?
(a) Life is suffering and suffering is death.
(b) Action is suffering and suffering is action.
(c) Suffering is life and life is action.
(d) Everything is suffering and suffering is everthing.

9. What does the Second Tempter tell Beckett he will be like if he continues on course?
(a) An old fox, circled with hounds.
(b) An old dog, circled with wolves.
(c) An old stag, circled with hounds.
(d) A young doe, circled with wolves.

10. What does the First Priest believe was Becket's character flaw that ultimately brought an end to his friendship with the King?
(a) Self-loathing.
(b) Cowardliness.
(c) Pride.
(d) Laziness.

11. How does the Third Tempter describe himself?
(a) A man who is rich in spirit
(b) A rough and angry follower of the king
(c) A surly English peasant
(d) A rough, straightforward Englishman.

12. What does the First Tempter predict for Becket if he does not "leave well alone?"
(a) HIs goose may be cooked.
(b) His fat lady will sing.
(c) Everything will be set right.
(d) God will show his wrath.

13. What doesn't the Third Priest see in "the art of temporal government?"
(a) Frequent Malversation.
(b) Intrigue.
(c) Violence.
(d) Duplicity.

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

15. What does the First Tempter tell Becket he remembers?
(a) The hard times of the poor.
(b) The danger he is in.
(c) His loyalty to the king.
(d) The good time past.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the priests eager to know once the Messenger has delivered his initial message?

2. In what year does Murder in the Cathedral take place?

3. How does the Chorus describe itself?

4. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?

5. What ruler of England does the Second Priest refer to as "the stubborn King?"

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