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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the best way to define the style in which T.S. Eliot wrote the Interlude?
(a) Monologue
(b) Poetry
(c) Blank verse.
(d) Dialogue

2. At what time of day does the sermon take place?
(a) Evening.
(b) Afternoon.
(c) Midnight.
(d) Morning.

3. What does Beckett believe about the peace that the world was promised?
(a) It's strange since the world has constantly been at war.
(b) It's laughable since no one has ever felt that peace they were promised.
(c) Nothing, he and the people of Canterbury contnue to lead mundane lives.
(d) It's frightening since there have been no angels seen since.

4. What is NOT one of the things that Beckett says they rejoice in?
(a) The Christmas pageant.
(b) Taking Communion.
(c) The sacrifice of Christ for our sins.
(d) Christ coming for the salvation of men.

5. Who is the only one who can bring Beckett peace?
(a) The Knights.
(b) God.
(c) The Chorus.
(d) The Tempters..

6. Fill in the blank:" ...so in Heaven the Saints are most _______, having made themselves most _______..."
(a) Dead; alive.
(b) Low; high
(c) High; low.
(d) At peace; at war

7. Where is the Interlude set?
(a) The Cathedral.
(b) The King's palace.
(c) The Archbishop's Hall.
(d) The gates of the Cathedral.

8. What Biblical quote does Beckett repeat?
(a) "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
(b) "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of goodwill."
(c) "God bless us, every one."
(d) "The Lord is My shepard, I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures."

9. What are the words Beckett quotes from the Bible?
(a) "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
(b) "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will."
(c) "The Lord is My shepard, I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures."
(d) "God bless us, every one."

10. What was NOT one of the events that Becket describes in the lives of the disciples?
(a) Disappointment.
(b) Peace.
(c) Travel.
(d) Imprisonment.

11. What would be the most likely reaction of the Canterbury people that this is Beckett's last sermon?
(a) Happiness and celebration.
(b) Apathy and boredom.
(c) None of these.
(d) Shock and confusion.

12. What is one of the reasons Beckett would allow himself to be killed?
(a) To prove the King wrong.
(b) For the glory of martyrdom.
(c) For revenge.
(d) To aid in the salvation of man.

13. What, according to Beckett, is reenacted during Mass?
(a) The Miracles of Christ.
(b) The Birth of Christ.
(c) The Resurrection of Christ.
(d) The Passion and Death of Christ.

14. Knowing what you know about the situation Beckett is in and his character traits, what might be the most likely way to describe Beckett's state of being after his last speech to his flock?
(a) Anger.
(b) Resignation.
(c) Hopelessness.
(d) Disappointment.

15. Why does Beckett believe the thought of the angels bringing peace is strange?
(a) The angels ceased to appear
(b) The world has been struck by war.
(c) No one listened to them.
(d) The world was already a happy place.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Beckett see himself as, in reference to his definitions of martyrdom?

2. Why was the Tempter successful?

3. What does Beckett ask the audience to remember about Christmas mass?

4. What literary tool does T.S. Eliot use throughout the Interlude?

5. From what Gospel does Beckett quote in the opening of his sermon?

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