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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) piety; reckoning.
(c) higher vices; higher prices.
(d) lies; the end.

2. What, according to the First Tempter, "should be more than biting Time can sever?"
(a) Friendship.
(b) Death.
(c) Hope.
(d) Loyalty.

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

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

5. How does the structure of the dialogue change during Becket's first temptation?
(a) All of the characters other than Beckett fall silent.
(b) The First Tempter speaks in verse.
(c) The play becomes one monologue.
(d) All of the characters speak in riddles.

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

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) Spring melting the winter ice.
(b) Fluting in the meadows.
(c) Fires devouring the winter season.
(d) Singing at nightfall.

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

9. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

15. "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) Fate.
(b) Death.
(c) The Past.
(d) Love.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the Third Tempter represent?

2. Who does Becket say saved him from the wrath of his enemies?

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

4. What does the Second Tempter tell Beckett he will be like if he continues on course?

5. How does the Chorus describe itself?

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