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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 the Chancellor again.
(c) By giving his money to the people.
(d) By becoming a martyr.

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

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

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

5. What metaphor does the Third Priest use to compare the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?
(a) A rock and a hard place.
(b) Fire and water.
(c) A wolf and a sheep.
(d) A hammer and an anvil.

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

7. What does the Third Tempter believe upon his arrival?
(a) He was unexpected.
(b) He is there to cause confusion.
(c) He is in danger.
(d) He was expected.

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

9. How does the Third Tempter describe himself?
(a) A man who is rich in spirit
(b) A rough and angry follower of the king
(c) A surly English peasant
(d) A rough, straightforward Englishman.

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

11. According to the Four Tempters, what is man's life?
(a) An inconvenience to God.
(b) A cheat and a disappointment.
(c) A viscious cycle.
(d) A fleeting moment.

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

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

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

15. After the first scene featuring the three Priests, the Chorus speaks again. What do they wish the Archbishop to do?
(a) Make peace with the King.
(b) Bless them.
(c) Return to France.
(d) Turn the wheel.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first idea that Becket relates to his audience and what does he insist that the Chorus "know and do not know?"

2. What is it that the Second Tempter offers Becket?

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

4. What does the Messenger say were the last words of Thomas Becket to the King of England before the Archbishop's exile?

5. Fill in the blank: "I leave you to the pleasure of your __________, Which will have to be paid for at ______________."

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