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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) The town burning down.
(d) Brewing beer.

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

3. Who does the Third Tempter represent?
(a) English barons.
(b) English Merchants.
(c) The People of Canterbury.
(d) The King.

4. What are the priests eager to know once the Messenger has delivered his initial message?
(a) How much time they have before the Archbishop arrives.
(b) If the King has learned of the Archbishop's return from France.
(c) Where the Archbishop is staying.
(d) If the King and the Archbishop have made peace.

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

6. According to the information in the opening monologue, how many years have passed since the Archbishop has left the city?
(a) Seven.
(b) Twenty.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Five.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 the King would not allow it.
(d) Because he excommunicated them.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Thomas Beckett's thought end?: "If the Archbishop cannot trust the Throne/ He has good cause to trust none but _____________"

5. Who does Becket say may have intercepted his letters and planned his demise?

(see the answer keys)

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