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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In what year does the Interlude take place?
(a) 1070.
(b) 1007.
(c) 1117.
(d) 1170.

3. What is the best way to describe what Beckett seems to feel for his congregation?
(a) Wonder.
(b) Pity.
(c) Disdain.
(d) Love.

4. What, according to Beckett, is celebrated that day?
(a) The Resurrection of Christ.
(b) The Miracles of Christ.
(c) The Passion and Death of Christ
(d) The Birth of Christ.

5. Why does Beckett tell the people that he may never preach to them again?
(a) He is out of ideas.
(b) He is too sad to speak any more.
(c) He doesn't want to give them false hope.
(d) He believes he will be murdered soon.

6. What is one way that Beckett defines peace?
(a) The kingdom of England at peace with its neighbors.
(b) The Pope at peace with the King.
(c) The entire world at peace with no war in sight.
(d) The people of Canterbury at peace with their fate.

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

8. How does Beckett feel about martyrs?
(a) He is apathetic about them.
(b) He is confused by them.
(c) He admires them.
(d) He fears them.

9. Out of the following choices, which would be the least likely reason behind the sermon?
(a) To submit to the Tempters.
(b) To prepare his followers for his death.
(c) To celebrate martyrdom.
(d) To help define peace for his congregation.

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

11. Whose words and ideas does Beckett NOT reference in his sermon?
(a) The Three Priests.
(b) God's angels.
(c) God.
(d) The Four Tempters.

12. 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) "The Lord is My shepard, I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures."
(c) "God bless us, every one."
(d) "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of goodwill."

13. What literary tool does T.S. Eliot use throughout the Interlude?
(a) Foreshadowing.
(b) Hyperbole.
(c) Free verse.
(d) String of consciousness.

14. Which is NOT an adjective you might use to define Beckett's sermon?
(a) Accepting.
(b) Ominous.
(c) Passionate.
(d) Bitter.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Biblical story does Beckett mention?

2. According to Beckett, who was the Lord speaking to when he said, "My peace I leave you, my peace I give unto you?"

3. What is one of the reasons Beckett would allow himself to be killed?

4. Why was the Tempter successful?

5. Whose idea is being echoed when Beckett talks of the promise of peace being "a disappointment and a cheat?"

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