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

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

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

4. What does the First Priest compare the women of Canterbury to?
(a) Frogs in the treetops.
(b) Horses in the stalls.
(c) Chickens in a coop.
(d) Worms in the belly.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What ruler of England does the Second Priest refer to as "the stubborn King?"

3. In Part One, where does the action of the play take place?

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

5. What does Becket call "the springtime fancy?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What is life like for the Chorus of women in Canterbury?

2. What is the importance of the banners that the Priests enter with and the mention of all of Saints?

3. What is the initial and more general accusation the Knights' hold against the Archbishop?

4. How do the Knights taunt Becket upon their entrance into the Cathedral?

5. Why is it that Becket believes a martyr is never an accident?

6. As Becket is being slaughtered, the Chorus speaks. What the the main idea behind their speech?

7. In his address to the audience, the Third Knight claims that they are "perfectly disinterested." What does he mean?

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

9. After the temptations, what do the Priests want Becket to do? Why?

10. Was Thomas Becket prepared for his temptations?

(see the answer keys)

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