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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 idea does the Fourth Tempter repeat that Beckett voiced on his first entrance?
(a) Suffering is life and life is action.
(b) Life is suffering and suffering is death.
(c) Action is suffering and suffering is action.
(d) Everything is suffering and suffering is everthing.

2. What is not one of the ways the Chorus, the priests and the Tempters describe an unexpected death?
(a) Drowning in a ditch.
(b) Taking a shock to the skull.
(c) Attacked by dogs.
(d) Slipping on a step.

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

4. Who does Becket say may have intercepted his letters and planned his demise?
(a) Rebellious bishops.
(b) Greedy merchants.
(c) The King of France.
(d) King Henry II.

5. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?
(a) An End to Suffering.
(b) Promises of Nothing.
(c) Dreams to Damnation.
(d) Hopes that Die.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who states that "Power is present. Holiness hereafter?"

2. In what year does Murder in the Cathedral take place?

3. What month does the Second Tempter say Beckett will have power?

4. What metaphor does the Third Priest use to compare the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?

5. How does the Second Tempter claim real power is purchased?

Short Essay Questions

1. What seems to be Becket's hubris that many characters mention and the Tempters attempt to play upon?

2. What is the tone of the Chorus' "death-bringers" speech after the Knights exit for the first time?

3. What does Becket mean when he states to the Priests, "The moment foreseen may be unexpected when it arrives?"

4. What is Becket's relationship to his congregation?

5. Looking at the Interlude, how was the Fourth Tempter successful? How was he unsuccessful in his aims?

6. What is the meaning of the urgency behind the Knight's demands upon entering the scene?

7. Why does Becket believe it is appropriate to celebrate the martyr, Stephen, the day after Christmas?

8. According to Becket, what did God mean when he told his disciples "My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you."

9. Why might Becket pointedly ask the congregation to remember his words?

10. What does Thomas Becket do to attempt to have a safe passage back into England?

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