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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the Chorus, what does the Archbishop bring into Canterbury?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Joy.
(c) Death.
(d) War.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What position did Becket resign when he was made Archbishop?
(a) Ambassador.
(b) Bishop.
(c) Chancellor.
(d) King.

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

9. What character(s) opens the play with the first monologue?
(a) The Priests.
(b) The Chorus.
(c) The Messenger.
(d) Thomas Becket.

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

11. In Part One, where does the action of the play take place?
(a) The King's palace.
(b) The Cathedral.
(c) The Archbishop's hall.
(d) Outside the gates of the Cathedral.

12. What does the First Priest believe was Becket's character flaw that ultimately brought an end to his friendship with the King?
(a) Pride.
(b) Self-loathing.
(c) Cowardliness.
(d) Laziness.

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

14. What month does the Second Tempter say Beckett will have power?
(a) The last to the last.
(b) The last from the first.
(c) The first to the second.
(d) The first.

15. What does the Messenger say were the last words of Thomas Becket to the King of England before the Archbishop's exile?
(a) My Lord, I leave England, a land I shall not see again.
(b) My Lord, I leave you as a man whom in this life I shall not see again.
(c) My Lord, I leave you as a man, whom you shall not see again for seven years.
(d) My Lord, I leave you as a man, whom you shall see again as an angel.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is not one of the events of the past seven years that the Chorus describes?

2. What does Beckett believe to be the last temptation and what he fears the most?

3. Who does Becket say saved him from the wrath of his enemies?

4. "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?

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

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