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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How does Thomas Beckett's thought end?: "If the Archbishop cannot trust the Throne/ He has good cause to trust none but _____________"
(a) The Pope alone.
(b) His people alone.
(c) God alone.
(d) Himself alone.

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

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

6. How does the Fourth Tempter claim Beckett can have ultimate glory and power over the King of England?
(a) By becoming a martyr.
(b) By killing the King.
(c) By becoming the Chancellor again.
(d) By giving his money to the people.

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

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

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

10. What does Becket claim is the "substance of our first act?"
(a) Temptation, and the life with temptation.
(b) God and his mercy.
(c) God and his greatness.
(d) Shadows, and the strife with shadows.

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

12. What is the first idea that Becket relates to his audience and what does he insist that the Chorus "know and do not know?"
(a) Action is suffering and suffering is action.
(b) Suffering is everything and everything is suffering.
(c) The world is suffering and they are the world.
(d) Life is suffering and suffering is death.

13. What is not one of the things that the Tempter describes in his flashback of the "good time" Becket used to enjoy in his service to King Henry?
(a) Fires devouring the winter season.
(b) Spring melting the winter ice.
(c) Singing at nightfall.
(d) Fluting in the meadows.

14. What position did Becket resign when he was made Archbishop?
(a) King.
(b) Chancellor.
(c) Bishop.
(d) Ambassador.

15. What does the First Priest compare the women of Canterbury to?
(a) Horses in the stalls.
(b) Worms in the belly.
(c) Chickens in a coop.
(d) Frogs in the treetops.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the Second Tempter tell Beckett he will be like if he continues on course?

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

4. How does the Chorus describe itself?

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

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