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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 dog, circled with wolves.
(c) A young doe, circled with wolves.
(d) An old stag, circled with hounds.

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

5. How does the Chorus describe itself?
(a) Representative of all people of Canterbury.
(b) Lonely folk.
(c) Poor folk.
(d) Small folk.

6. Who are the first two characters who speak of "the wheel" on separate occasions?
(a) The Third Priest and Thomas Becket.
(b) The First Priest and the Second Priest.
(c) The First Priest and the First Tempter.
(d) The Chorus and Thomas Becket.

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

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

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

10. Why does Beckett believe that the local bishops would not support a power move like regaining his Chancellorship?
(a) Because he excommunicated them.
(b) Because the Pope would not allow it.
(c) Because the Pope excommunicated Beckett.
(d) Because the King would not allow it.

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

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

13. 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 giving his money to the people.
(c) By killing the King.
(d) By becoming the Chancellor again.

14. "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?
(a) Death.
(b) Fate.
(c) Love.
(d) The Past.

15. What is not one of the events of the past seven years that the Chorus describes?
(a) Brewing beer.
(b) The town burning down.
(c) The disappearance of several girls.
(d) A good harvest.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Part One, where does the action of the play take place?

2. What does Beckett believe to be the last temptation and what he fears the most?

3. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?

4. What group of people does the Chorus consist of?

5. How does the structure of the dialogue change during Becket's first temptation?

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