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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How many visitors did Beckett expect?
(a) One.
(b) Four.
(c) None.
(d) Three.

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

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

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

7. 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.

8. How does the Fourth Tempter claim Beckett can have ultimate glory and power over the King of England?
(a) By giving his money to the people.
(b) By killing the King.
(c) By becoming the Chancellor again.
(d) By becoming a martyr.

9. Who are the first two characters who speak of "the wheel" on separate occasions?
(a) The Third Priest and Thomas Becket.
(b) The Chorus and Thomas Becket.
(c) The First Priest and the Second Priest.
(d) The First Priest and the First Tempter.

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

11. Finish the thought of the First Tempter: "A man will often love what he ______."
(a) Misses.
(b) Hates.
(c) Sees.
(d) Spurns.

12. What does the Third Tempter believe upon his arrival?
(a) He is there to cause confusion.
(b) He is in danger.
(c) He was expected.
(d) He was unexpected.

13. 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 the Pope excommunicated Beckett.
(d) Because he excommunicated them.

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

15. 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?
(a) Spring melting the winter ice.
(b) Singing at nightfall.
(c) Fires devouring the winter season.
(d) Fluting in the meadows.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is it that the Second Tempter offers Becket?

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

3. What does Becket claim is the "substance of our first act?"

4. In what city of England does the story take place?

5. What group of people does the Chorus consist of?

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