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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

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

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

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

5. What does the Second Tempter tell Beckett he will be like if he continues on course?
(a) An old stag, circled with hounds.
(b) A young doe, circled with wolves.
(c) An old dog, circled with wolves.
(d) An old fox, circled with hounds.

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

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. What does the First Tempter predict for Becket if he does not "leave well alone?"
(a) God will show his wrath.
(b) HIs goose may be cooked.
(c) Everything will be set right.
(d) His fat lady will sing.

9. What position did Becket resign when he was made Archbishop?
(a) Chancellor.
(b) Ambassador.
(c) King.
(d) Bishop.

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

11. What important message does the Messenger convey to the Priests?
(a) The Pope has excommunicated the King
(b) The Archbishop has left France.
(c) The King has ordered the execution of Thomas Becket.
(d) The Archbishop has arrived at the city.

12. What does Beckett believe to be the last temptation and what he fears the most?
(a) Doing the right deed for the wrong reason.
(b) Doing the thing you cannot do.
(c) Doing the wrong thing for the right reason.
(d) Dying.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the First Priest compare the women of Canterbury to?

2. In what year does Murder in the Cathedral take place?

3. What is not one of the ways the Chorus, the priests and the Tempters describe an unexpected death?

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

5. What are the priests eager to know once the Messenger has delivered his initial message?

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