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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is another way Beckett defines peace?
(a) The swept hearth.
(b) The sleeping dog.
(c) The stillness of water.
(d) The setting sun.

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

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

4. What does Beckett call his congregation?
(a) Beloved children.
(b) God's worshippers.
(c) My dearest flock.
(d) Dear children of God..

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

6. What does Beckett ask the audience to remember about Christmas mass?
(a) Its sadness and greatness.
(b) Its meaning and mystery.
(c) The love of God.
(d) The hope and peace it offers.

7. Defined by Beckett, who was the first martyr whose sacrifice is celebrated the day after Christmas?
(a) Mary.
(b) John the Baptist.
(c) Stephen.
(d) Paul.

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

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

10. Fill in the blanks: "For who on the world will both _______ and ________ at once and for the same reason?"
(a) Laugh; weep.
(b) Stay; go.
(c) Mourn; rejoice.
(d) Rejoice; weep.

11. 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) Resignation.
(b) Disappointment.
(c) Hopelessness.
(d) Anger.

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

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

14. Which Biblical story does Beckett mention?
(a) The Snake appearing to Eve in the Garden of Eden.
(b) Moses parting the Red Sea.
(c) The fall of Azrael the angel from Heaven.
(d) The angels appearing to the sheperds of Bethlehem on Christmas.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is the Interlude set?

2. Out of the following choices, which would be the least likely reason behind the sermon?

3. What was NOT one of the events that Becket describes in the lives of the disciples?

4. What is the last word of the Interlude?

5. In what year does the Interlude take place?

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