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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. In what city of England does the story take place?
(a) Canterbury.
(b) York.
(c) Cambridge.
(d) London.

2. What is the feeling of the general public in regard to the Archbishop's return?
(a) Fear.
(b) Enthusiasm.
(c) Indifference.
(d) Apprehension.

3. How does Thomas Beckett's thought end?: "If the Archbishop cannot trust the Throne/ He has good cause to trust none but _____________"
(a) God alone.
(b) His people alone.
(c) Himself alone.
(d) The Pope alone.

4. What doesn't the Third Priest see in "the art of temporal government?"
(a) Frequent Malversation.
(b) Duplicity.
(c) Intrigue.
(d) Violence.

5. What metaphor does the Third Priest use to compare the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?
(a) A hammer and an anvil.
(b) A rock and a hard place.
(c) Fire and water.
(d) A wolf and a sheep.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Becket claim is the "substance of our first act?"

2. What does the First Priest compare the women of Canterbury to?

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

4. Who does Becket say saved him from the wrath of his enemies?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What story does Becket tell about Christmas Day? Why is it important?

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

3. Why does the Chorus fear the "love of God?"

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

5. At the beginning of Part II, how does the Chorus describe the oncoming Spring? What do you think Eliot intended it to relay the audience?

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

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

8. How does the Chorus perceive the actions of the play and its part in it?

9. What is one of Becket's rebuttals of the charges against him?

10. Describe how the town of Canterbury feels about Becket's return and why.

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