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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Attacked by dogs.
(c) Drowning in a ditch.
(d) Slipping on a step.

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

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

5. What does the Chorus claim is their purpose in the action of the play?
(a) To witness the events and take no action.
(b) To warn Thomas Becket.
(c) To serve the Priests of the Cathedral.
(d) To prevent a murder.

6. Who does Becket say saved him from the wrath of his enemies?
(a) John, the Dean of Salisbury.
(b) King Henry II.
(c) The Pope.
(d) The King of France.

7. What is the feeling of the general public in regard to the Archbishop's return?
(a) Enthusiasm.
(b) Apprehension.
(c) Indifference.
(d) Fear.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. What is the first word that Becket speaks on his first entrance?
(a) Wait.
(b) No.
(c) Stay.
(d) Peace.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are the first two characters who speak of "the wheel" on separate occasions?

2. According to the Four Tempters, what is man's life?

3. What metaphor does the Third Priest use to compare the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?

4. What ruler of England does the Second Priest refer to as "the stubborn King?"

5. How many visitors did Beckett expect?

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