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

2. 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.

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

4. What is not one of the events of the past seven years that the Chorus describes?
(a) The disappearance of several girls.
(b) A good harvest.
(c) Brewing beer.
(d) The town burning down.

5. Finish the thought of the First Tempter: "A man will often love what he ______."
(a) Misses.
(b) Sees.
(c) Hates.
(d) Spurns.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first idea that Becket relates to his audience and what does he insist that the Chorus "know and do not know?"

2. What does the Messenger say were the last words of Thomas Becket to the King of England before the Archbishop's exile?

3. When will the First Tempter remember Becket?

4. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the Interlude?

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

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

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

6. How does the Chorus feel about Becket's return to England?

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

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

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

10. What does Becket ask his flock to remember?

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