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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 does the Third Tempter believe upon his arrival?
(a) He is in danger.
(b) He was expected.
(c) He was unexpected.
(d) He is there to cause confusion.

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?
(a) Death.
(b) Love.
(c) Fate.
(d) The Past.

3. What does Becket claim is the "substance of our first act?"
(a) God and his greatness.
(b) Temptation, and the life with temptation.
(c) Shadows, and the strife with shadows.
(d) God and his mercy.

4. What does the First Priest believe was Becket's character flaw that ultimately brought an end to his friendship with the King?
(a) Cowardliness.
(b) Pride.
(c) Laziness.
(d) Self-loathing.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When will the First Tempter remember Becket?

2. What is the feeling of the general public in regard to the Archbishop's return?

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

4. Who does the Third Tempter represent?

5. What is not one of the events of the past seven years that the Chorus describes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a method that Becket uses to outline his sermon in the Interlude?

2. What does Becket see as being ironic about the peace God offered?

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

4. How does Becket believe a martyr should be defined?

5. What does Becket ask his flock to remember?

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

7. What is the opinion of the three priests on the subject of Becket's homecoming to Canterbury?

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

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

10. Why would Becket say this is his last sermon?

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