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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what year does Murder in the Cathedral take place?
(a) 1070.
(b) 1710.
(c) 1170.
(d) 1077.

2. 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.

3. What, according to the First Tempter, "should be more than biting Time can sever?"
(a) Death.
(b) Loyalty.
(c) Friendship.
(d) Hope.

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

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

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

7. When will the First Tempter remember Becket?
(a) At kissing time below the stairs.
(b) On ChristmasEve.
(c) At night when the fires are lit.
(d) On Christmas Day.

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

9. According to the information in the opening monologue, how many years have passed since the Archbishop has left the city?
(a) Twelve.
(b) Twenty.
(c) Seven.
(d) Five.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the Second Tempter claim real power is purchased?

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

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

4. How does the Chorus describe itself?

5. What does the First Priest compare the women of Canterbury to?

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