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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does the First Priest compare the women of Canterbury to?
(a) Frogs in the treetops.
(b) Worms in the belly.
(c) Horses in the stalls.
(d) Chickens in a coop.

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

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

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

6. In what year does Murder in the Cathedral take place?
(a) 1710.
(b) 1170.
(c) 1077.
(d) 1070.

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

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

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 silly affair.
(d) A violent affair.

10. What are the priests eager to know once the Messenger has delivered his initial message?
(a) Where the Archbishop is staying.
(b) If the King has learned of the Archbishop's return from France.
(c) How much time they have before the Archbishop arrives.
(d) If the King and the Archbishop have made peace.

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

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

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

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

15. What is one thing the Third Tempter and his party want from Beckett?
(a) Money.
(b) Happiness for the People of England.
(c) Favor from the Church.
(d) The blessing of God.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the fourth visitor the most successful Tempter?

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 doesn't the Third Priest see in "the art of temporal government?"

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

5. How does the chorus define its time in Canterbury since the Archbishop left seven years previous?

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