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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) A wolf and a sheep.
(c) Fire and water.
(d) A hammer and an anvil.

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

3. What does Becket call "the springtime fancy?"
(a) Acrimony.
(b) Leave-well-alone.
(c) Ceremony.
(d) The impossible, the undesirable .

4. What is not one of the events of the past seven years that the Chorus describes?
(a) The town burning down.
(b) The disappearance of several girls.
(c) A good harvest.
(d) Brewing beer.

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

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

7. When will the First Tempter remember Becket?
(a) On Christmas Day.
(b) On ChristmasEve.
(c) At kissing time below the stairs.
(d) At night when the fires are lit.

8. What month does the Second Tempter say Beckett will have power?
(a) The last from the first.
(b) The first.
(c) The first to the second.
(d) The last to the last.

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

10. Who states that "Power is present. Holiness hereafter?"
(a) The Second Tempter.
(b) Thomas Beckett.
(c) The Second Tempter.
(d) The Fourth Tempter.

11. How does the structure of the dialogue change during Becket's first temptation?
(a) All of the characters other than Beckett fall silent.
(b) All of the characters speak in riddles.
(c) The First Tempter speaks in verse.
(d) The play becomes one monologue.

12. What, according to the First Tempter, "should be more than biting Time can sever?"
(a) Death.
(b) Hope.
(c) Loyalty.
(d) Friendship.

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

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

15. According to the Third Tempter, what does friendship depend upon?
(a) Circumstance.
(b) Time.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Peace.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Messenger call the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?

2. Why does Beckett believe that the local bishops would not support a power move like regaining his Chancellorship?

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

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

5. According to the Chorus, what does the Archbishop bring into Canterbury?

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