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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What group of people does the Chorus consist of?
(a) The Women of Canturbury.
(b) The Poor of Canterbury.
(c) The Hand of God.
(d) The Ghosts of Canterbury.

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

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

4. Who states that "Power is present. Holiness hereafter?"
(a) The Second Tempter.
(b) The Fourth Tempter.
(c) Thomas Beckett.
(d) The Second Tempter.

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?
(a) The Past.
(b) Death.
(c) Love.
(d) Fate.

6. What is not one of the events of the past seven years that the Chorus describes?
(a) Brewing beer.
(b) The town burning down.
(c) A good harvest.
(d) The disappearance of several girls.

7. 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) Laziness.
(c) Cowardliness.
(d) Pride.

8. What metaphor does the Third Priest use to compare the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?
(a) A rock and a hard place.
(b) A wolf and a sheep.
(c) A hammer and an anvil.
(d) Fire and water.

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

10. What does the Messenger call the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?
(a) A peaceful affair.
(b) A silly affair.
(c) A violent affair.
(d) A patched-up affair.

11. What is the first word that Becket speaks on his first entrance?
(a) Peace.
(b) Stay.
(c) No.
(d) Wait.

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

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

14. According to the Chorus, what does the Archbishop bring into Canterbury?
(a) Joy.
(b) War.
(c) Death.
(d) Wealth.

15. What is the feeling of the general public in regard to the Archbishop's return?
(a) Enthusiasm.
(b) Apprehension.
(c) Indifference.
(d) Fear.

Short Answer Questions

1. What idea does the Fourth Tempter repeat that Beckett voiced on his first entrance?

2. Finish the thought of the First Tempter: "A man will often love what he ______."

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

4. What position did Becket resign when he was made Archbishop?

5. What does Becket claim is the "substance of our first act?"

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