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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 Hand of God.
(b) The Poor of Canterbury.
(c) The Ghosts of Canterbury.
(d) The Women of Canturbury.

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

3. After the first scene featuring the three Priests, the Chorus speaks again. What do they wish the Archbishop to do?
(a) Bless them.
(b) Turn the wheel.
(c) Return to France.
(d) Make peace with the King.

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

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

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

7. What does Beckett believe to be the last temptation and what he fears the most?
(a) Doing the wrong thing for the right reason.
(b) Doing the thing you cannot do.
(c) Dying.
(d) Doing the right deed for the wrong reason.

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

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

10. In Part One, where does the action of the play take place?
(a) The Archbishop's hall.
(b) Outside the gates of the Cathedral.
(c) The Cathedral.
(d) The King's palace.

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

12. According to the Four Tempters, what is man's life?
(a) A viscious cycle.
(b) A cheat and a disappointment.
(c) A fleeting moment.
(d) An inconvenience to God.

13. What is it that the Second Tempter offers Becket?
(a) The English throne.
(b) A new life.
(c) A new love.
(d) His former political position.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the Messenger say were the last words of Thomas Becket to the King of England before the Archbishop's exile?

3. 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?

4. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?

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?

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