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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the first action that the Second Priest wants to take to welcome the Archbishop back to Canterbury?
(a) Have a feast.
(b) Have the fires lit in his rooms.
(c) Throw a celebration in his honor.
(d) Lead a prayer.

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

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

5. How many visitors did Beckett expect?
(a) One.
(b) None.
(c) Four.
(d) Three.

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

7. Why is the fourth visitor the most successful Tempter?
(a) He makes peace between Beckett and the King.
(b) He voices Beckett's own desires.
(c) He helps Beckett find peace.
(d) He represents the people.

8. What does Becket call "the springtime fancy?"
(a) The impossible, the undesirable .
(b) Leave-well-alone.
(c) Ceremony.
(d) Acrimony.

9. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?
(a) Promises of Nothing.
(b) An End to Suffering.
(c) Hopes that Die.
(d) Dreams to Damnation.

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

11. 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) God will show his wrath.
(d) Everything will be set right.

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

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

14. Finish the thought of the First Tempter: "A man will often love what he ______."
(a) Misses.
(b) Sees.
(c) Hates.
(d) Spurns.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What metaphor does the Third Priest use to compare the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?

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

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

4. Who does the Third Tempter represent?

5. What is the first word that Becket speaks on his first entrance?

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