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

Multiple Choice 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?"
(a) Life is suffering and suffering is death.
(b) Suffering is everything and everything is suffering.
(c) The world is suffering and they are the world.
(d) Action is suffering and suffering is action.

2. How does Thomas Beckett's thought end?: "If the Archbishop cannot trust the Throne/ He has good cause to trust none but _____________"
(a) God alone.
(b) Himself alone.
(c) The Pope alone.
(d) His people alone.

3. According to the Chorus, what does the Archbishop bring into Canterbury?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Joy.
(c) War.
(d) Death.

4. How does the chorus define its time in Canterbury since the Archbishop left seven years previous?
(a) Living and partly suffering.
(b) Dying and partly dying.
(c) Living and partly dying.
(d) Living and partly living.

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

6. According to the information in the opening monologue, how many years have passed since the Archbishop has left the city?
(a) Twenty.
(b) Five.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Seven.

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

8. 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) Self-loathing.
(c) Pride.
(d) Laziness.

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

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

11. 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.

12. 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) Singing at nightfall.
(c) Fires devouring the winter season.
(d) Fluting in the meadows.

13. 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 hammer and an anvil.
(d) A wolf and a sheep.

14. What does Becket claim is the "substance of our first act?"
(a) Shadows, and the strife with shadows.
(b) God and his greatness.
(c) God and his mercy.
(d) Temptation, and the life with temptation.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the First Tempter predict for Becket if he does not "leave well alone?"

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

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

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

5. Who does the Third Tempter represent?

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