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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When will the First Tempter remember Becket?
(a) At night when the fires are lit.
(b) At kissing time below the stairs.
(c) On Christmas Day.
(d) On ChristmasEve.

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

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

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

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

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

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) God alone.
(c) Himself alone.
(d) His people alone.

8. What is not one of the events of the past seven years that the Chorus describes?
(a) The disappearance of several girls.
(b) A good harvest.
(c) Brewing beer.
(d) The town burning down.

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 excommunicated Beckett.
(c) Because the Pope would not allow it.
(d) Because he excommunicated them.

10. Fill in the blank: "I leave you to the pleasure of your __________, Which will have to be paid for at ______________."
(a) higher vices; higher prices.
(b) piety; reckoning.
(c) lies; the end.
(d) life; your strife.

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

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

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

14. Who does Becket say may have intercepted his letters and planned his demise?
(a) The King of France.
(b) King Henry II.
(c) Greedy merchants.
(d) Rebellious bishops.

15. 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) Action is suffering and suffering is action.
(b) Suffering is everything and everything is suffering.
(c) Life is suffering and suffering is death.
(d) The world is suffering and they are the world.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the chorus define its time in Canterbury since the Archbishop left seven years previous?

2. What doesn't the Third Priest see in "the art of temporal government?"

3. What does the First Priest compare the women of Canterbury to?

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

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

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