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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. How does the Fourth Tempter claim Beckett can have ultimate glory and power over the King of England?
(a) By killing the King.
(b) By becoming the Chancellor again.
(c) By giving his money to the people.
(d) By becoming a martyr.

3. What does the Messenger call the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?
(a) A peaceful affair.
(b) A silly affair.
(c) A patched-up affair.
(d) A violent affair.

4. What important message does the Messenger convey to the Priests?
(a) The Archbishop has left France.
(b) The Pope has excommunicated the King
(c) The Archbishop has arrived at the city.
(d) The King has ordered the execution of Thomas Becket.

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

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

7. How does Thomas Beckett's thought end?: "If the Archbishop cannot trust the Throne/ He has good cause to trust none but _____________"
(a) The Pope alone.
(b) Himself alone.
(c) His people alone.
(d) God alone.

8. What is the first action that the Second Priest wants to take to welcome the Archbishop back to Canterbury?
(a) Throw a celebration in his honor.
(b) Have the fires lit in his rooms.
(c) Have a feast.
(d) Lead a prayer.

9. What are the priests eager to know once the Messenger has delivered his initial message?
(a) If the King has learned of the Archbishop's return from France.
(b) Where the Archbishop is staying.
(c) If the King and the Archbishop have made peace.
(d) How much time they have before the Archbishop arrives.

10. 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) Pride.
(c) Cowardliness.
(d) Self-loathing.

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

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

13. What does the First Priest compare the women of Canterbury to?
(a) Worms in the belly.
(b) Frogs in the treetops.
(c) Chickens in a coop.
(d) Horses in the stalls.

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

15. What metaphor does the Third Priest use to compare the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?
(a) A wolf and a sheep.
(b) A hammer and an anvil.
(c) A rock and a hard place.
(d) Fire and water.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the Chorus describe itself?

2. In what city of England does the story take place?

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

4. Fill in the blank: "I leave you to the pleasure of your __________, Which will have to be paid for at ______________."

5. "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?

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