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

2. What does the Messenger say were the last words of Thomas Becket to the King of England before the Archbishop's exile?
(a) My Lord, I leave you as a man, whom you shall not see again for seven years.
(b) My Lord, I leave you as a man whom in this life I shall not see again.
(c) My Lord, I leave England, a land I shall not see again.
(d) My Lord, I leave you as a man, whom you shall see again as an angel.

3. What does Beckett believe to be the last temptation and what he fears the most?
(a) Doing the right deed for the wrong reason.
(b) Dying.
(c) Doing the wrong thing for the right reason.
(d) Doing the thing you cannot do.

4. How does the Chorus describe itself?
(a) Poor folk.
(b) Small folk.
(c) Representative of all people of Canterbury.
(d) Lonely folk.

5. How does the Second Tempter claim real power is purchased?
(a) At price of an uncertain quantity.
(b) At price of his immortal soul.
(c) At price of his devotion to God.
(d) At price of a certain submission.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does the Third Tempter describe himself?

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

4. In what city of England does the story take place?

5. What idea does the Fourth Tempter repeat that Beckett voiced on his first entrance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How long has Thomas Becket been away from Canterbury? Why has he chosen to stay away for so long?

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

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

5. Why does the Third Tempter state that joining forces with the barony would be a good idea?

6. What is the part of King Henry II in the play and what is his relationship with Becket?

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

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

9. Was Thomas Becket prepared for his temptations?

10. Why was the Fourth Tempter most effective in his temptation compared to the other three?

(see the answer keys)

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