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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 Third Priest and Thomas Becket.
(c) The First Priest and the First Tempter.
(d) The Chorus and Thomas Becket.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What doesn't the Third Priest see in "the art of temporal government?"
(a) Intrigue.
(b) Duplicity.
(c) Frequent Malversation.
(d) Violence.

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

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

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

12. According to the Four Tempters, what is man's life?
(a) A fleeting moment.
(b) A viscious cycle.
(c) An inconvenience to God.
(d) A cheat and a disappointment.

13. What does the Third Tempter believe upon his arrival?
(a) He was expected.
(b) He was unexpected.
(c) He is in danger.
(d) He is there to cause confusion.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What character(s) opens the play with the first monologue?

2. What is the first word that Becket speaks on his first entrance?

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

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

5. What is one thing the Third Tempter and his party want from Beckett?

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