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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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) An old dog, circled with wolves.
(c) An old fox, circled with hounds.
(d) A young doe, circled with wolves.

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

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

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

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

10. What idea does the Fourth Tempter repeat that Beckett voiced on his first entrance?
(a) Suffering is life and life is action.
(b) Life is suffering and suffering is death.
(c) Everything is suffering and suffering is everthing.
(d) Action is suffering and suffering is action.

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

12. 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) The world is suffering and they are the world.
(c) Suffering is everything and everything is suffering.
(d) Action is suffering and suffering is action.

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the feeling of the general public in regard to the Archbishop's return?

2. What, according to the First Tempter, "should be more than biting Time can sever?"

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

4. What ruler of England does the Second Priest refer to as "the stubborn King?"

5. What is the first action that the Second Priest wants to take to welcome the Archbishop back to Canterbury?

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