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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What idea does the Fourth Tempter repeat that Beckett voiced on his first entrance?
(a) Life is suffering and suffering is death.
(b) Everything is suffering and suffering is everthing.
(c) Suffering is life and life is action.
(d) Action is suffering and suffering is action.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. What does the First Tempter predict for Becket if he does not "leave well alone?"
(a) HIs goose may be cooked.
(b) His fat lady will sing.
(c) Everything will be set right.
(d) God will show his wrath.

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

13. What is the first idea that Becket relates to his audience and what does he insist that the Chorus "know and do not know?"
(a) Suffering is everything and everything is suffering.
(b) The world is suffering and they are the world.
(c) Life is suffering and suffering is death.
(d) Action is suffering and suffering is action.

14. What does Beckett believe to be the last temptation and what he fears the most?
(a) Doing the wrong thing for the right reason.
(b) Dying.
(c) Doing the right deed for the wrong reason.
(d) Doing the thing you cannot do.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Part One, where does the action of the play take place?

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

4. What does the Second Tempter tell Beckett he will be like if he continues on course?

5. What is the first action that the Second Priest wants to take to welcome the Archbishop back to Canterbury?

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