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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is it that the Second Tempter offers Becket?
(a) A new love.
(b) A new life.
(c) His former political position.
(d) The English throne.

2. Finish the thought of the First Tempter: "A man will often love what he ______."
(a) Misses.
(b) Hates.
(c) Sees.
(d) Spurns.

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

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

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

6. What ruler of England does the Second Priest refer to as "the stubborn King?"
(a) Edward III.
(b) James I.
(c) Henry II.
(d) Richard I.

7. 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) Drowning in a ditch.
(d) Attacked by dogs.

8. 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) Singing at nightfall.
(c) Fires devouring the winter season.
(d) Spring melting the winter ice.

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

10. 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) Laziness.
(d) Pride.

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

12. How does the Second Tempter claim real power is purchased?
(a) At price of his immortal soul.
(b) At price of a certain submission.
(c) At price of an uncertain quantity.
(d) At price of his devotion to God.

13. What does the First Tempter tell Becket he remembers?
(a) The danger he is in.
(b) The hard times of the poor.
(c) His loyalty to the king.
(d) The good time past.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What important message does the Messenger convey to the Priests?

2. How many visitors did Beckett expect?

3. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?

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

5. What month does the Second Tempter say Beckett will have power?

(see the answer keys)

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