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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Who does Becket say saved him from the wrath of his enemies?
(a) The Pope.
(b) The King of France.
(c) King Henry II.
(d) John, the Dean of Salisbury.

10. What are the priests eager to know once the Messenger has delivered his initial message?
(a) Where the Archbishop is staying.
(b) If the King and the Archbishop have made peace.
(c) If the King has learned of the Archbishop's return from France.
(d) How much time they have before the Archbishop arrives.

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

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) Suffering is everything and everything is suffering.
(b) Action is suffering and suffering is action.
(c) The world is suffering and they are the world.
(d) Life is suffering and suffering is death.

13. 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 prevent a murder.
(c) To warn Thomas Becket.
(d) To serve the Priests of the Cathedral.

14. What important message does the Messenger convey to the Priests?
(a) The King has ordered the execution of Thomas Becket.
(b) The Archbishop has left France.
(c) The Pope has excommunicated the King
(d) The Archbishop has arrived at the city.

15. What is one thing the Third Tempter and his party want from Beckett?
(a) The blessing of God.
(b) Happiness for the People of England.
(c) Favor from the Church.
(d) Money.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Messenger call the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?

2. Who does Becket say may have intercepted his letters and planned his demise?

3. What is the feeling of the general public in regard to the Archbishop's return?

4. Fill in the blank: "I leave you to the pleasure of your __________, Which will have to be paid for at ______________."

5. Who does the Third Tempter represent?

(see the answer keys)

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