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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Himself alone.
(c) God alone.
(d) His people alone.

2. What does the First Priest believe was Becket's character flaw that ultimately brought an end to his friendship with the King?
(a) Pride.
(b) Cowardliness.
(c) Self-loathing.
(d) Laziness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What ruler of England does the Second Priest refer to as "the stubborn King?"
(a) James I.
(b) Richard I.
(c) Henry II.
(d) Edward III.

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

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

13. What does the Second Tempter tell Beckett he will be like if he continues on course?
(a) An old fox, circled with hounds.
(b) An old stag, circled with hounds.
(c) An old dog, circled with wolves.
(d) A young doe, circled with wolves.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. "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?

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

3. What character(s) opens the play with the first monologue?

4. What is the first action that the Second Priest wants to take to welcome the Archbishop back to Canterbury?

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

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