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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Who does Becket say saved him from the wrath of his enemies?
(a) King Henry II.
(b) The King of France.
(c) John, the Dean of Salisbury.
(d) The Pope.

4. What is not one of the ways the Chorus, the priests and the Tempters describe an unexpected death?
(a) Drowning in a ditch.
(b) Taking a shock to the skull.
(c) Attacked by dogs.
(d) Slipping on a step.

5. How does the Third Tempter describe himself?
(a) A rough, straightforward Englishman.
(b) A rough and angry follower of the king
(c) A surly English peasant
(d) A man who is rich in spirit

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

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

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

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

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

11. What, according to the First Tempter, "should be more than biting Time can sever?"
(a) Death.
(b) Friendship.
(c) Hope.
(d) Loyalty.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?

3. What does the Messenger call the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?

4. What metaphor does the Third Priest use to compare the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?

5. What important message does the Messenger convey to the Priests?

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