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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the First Tempter predict for Becket if he does not "leave well alone?"
(a) God will show his wrath.
(b) HIs goose may be cooked.
(c) Everything will be set right.
(d) His fat lady will sing.

2. What is one thing the Third Tempter and his party want from Beckett?
(a) Favor from the Church.
(b) Happiness for the People of England.
(c) Money.
(d) The blessing of God.

3. How does the Fourth Tempter claim Beckett can have ultimate glory and power over the King of England?
(a) By killing the King.
(b) By becoming a martyr.
(c) By becoming the Chancellor again.
(d) By giving his money to the people.

4. What is the first action that the Second Priest wants to take to welcome the Archbishop back to Canterbury?
(a) Lead a prayer.
(b) Have the fires lit in his rooms.
(c) Throw a celebration in his honor.
(d) Have a feast.

5. What does the Messenger call the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?
(a) A patched-up affair.
(b) A silly affair.
(c) A violent affair.
(d) A peaceful affair.

Short Answer Questions

1. What position did Becket resign when he was made Archbishop?

2. What, according to the First Tempter, "should be more than biting Time can sever?"

3. What does the First Tempter tell Becket he remembers?

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

5. According to the Third Tempter, what does friendship depend upon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the Fourth Tempter most effective in his temptation compared to the other three?

2. Explain what is offered by the Second Tempter and why it would appeal to Thomas Beckett

3. Before Becket is dragged to the altar by the Three Priests, he seems at peace. How is this possible?

4. How does Becket believe a martyr should be defined?

5. What does Becket see as being ironic about the peace God offered?

6. After the temptations, what do the Chorus want Becket to do? Why?

7. What is a literary tool that Becket uses in writing the interlude?

8. Who does the Fourth Knight believe truly killed Thomas Becket? What is his proof that this is true?

9. How does Becket get the Priests to unbar the door and allow the Knights to enter?

10. How does Becket believe you cannot define a martyr?

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