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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Who does Becket say may have intercepted his letters and planned his demise?
(a) The King of France.
(b) Greedy merchants.
(c) King Henry II.
(d) Rebellious bishops.

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

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

7. 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) Fluting in the meadows.
(c) Singing at nightfall.
(d) Spring melting the winter ice.

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

9. In what city of England does the story take place?
(a) Cambridge.
(b) London.
(c) York.
(d) Canterbury.

10. What character(s) opens the play with the first monologue?
(a) The Messenger.
(b) The Chorus.
(c) Thomas Becket.
(d) The Priests.

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

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

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

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

15. Who does the Third Tempter represent?
(a) English Merchants.
(b) The People of Canterbury.
(c) English barons.
(d) The King.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?

2. What does the First Priest believe was Becket's character flaw that ultimately brought an end to his friendship with the King?

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

4. What month does the Second Tempter say Beckett will have power?

5. Who states that "Power is present. Holiness hereafter?"

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