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

2. How does the structure of the dialogue change during Becket's first temptation?
(a) All of the characters speak in riddles.
(b) The play becomes one monologue.
(c) All of the characters other than Beckett fall silent.
(d) The First Tempter speaks in verse.

3. In Part One, where does the action of the play take place?
(a) Outside the gates of the Cathedral.
(b) The King's palace.
(c) The Cathedral.
(d) The Archbishop's hall.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the First Tempter predict for Becket if he does not "leave well alone?"

2. "The wheel" is spoken of time and time again. In one instance Becket says that "Only the fool, fixed in his folly, may think he can turn the wheel on which he turns." What is the idea of a wheel supposed to symbolize?

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

4. How does the Chorus describe itself?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the Priests define the meaning of "to-day?"

3. According to Becket, how do we define peace?

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

5. What is the Interlude?

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

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

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

9. Why does Becket fear that giving into the Fourth Tempter would be doing "the right deed for the wrong reason?"

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

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