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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why is the fourth visitor the most successful Tempter?
(a) He voices Beckett's own desires.
(b) He represents the people.
(c) He helps Beckett find peace.
(d) He makes peace between Beckett and the King.

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

5. 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 a martyr.
(c) By giving his money to the people.
(d) By becoming the Chancellor again.

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

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

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

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

10. What group of people does the Chorus consist of?
(a) The Ghosts of Canterbury.
(b) The Hand of God.
(c) The Poor of Canterbury.
(d) The Women of Canturbury.

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

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

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

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many visitors did Beckett expect?

2. How does the Second Tempter claim real power is purchased?

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

4. What position did Becket resign when he was made Archbishop?

5. 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?

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