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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. "The wheel" is spoken of time and time again. In one instance Becket says that "Only the fool, fixed in his folly, may think he can turn the wheel on which he turns." What is the idea of a wheel supposed to symbolize?
(a) Death.
(b) Fate.
(c) The Past.
(d) Love.

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

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

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

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

8. What does the Second Tempter tell Beckett he will be like if he continues on course?
(a) An old fox, circled with hounds.
(b) A young doe, circled with wolves.
(c) An old dog, circled with wolves.
(d) An old stag, circled with hounds.

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

10. 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 Archbishop's hall.
(d) The Cathedral.

11. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?
(a) An End to Suffering.
(b) Hopes that Die.
(c) Promises of Nothing.
(d) Dreams to Damnation.

12. 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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What idea does the Fourth Tempter repeat that Beckett voiced on his first entrance?

2. Why is the fourth visitor the most successful Tempter?

3. 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?

4. According to the information in the opening monologue, how many years have passed since the Archbishop has left the city?

5. How does the Fourth Tempter claim Beckett can have ultimate glory and power over the King of England?

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