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

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

3. What, according to the First Tempter, "should be more than biting Time can sever?"
(a) Death.
(b) Friendship.
(c) Hope.
(d) Loyalty.

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

5. Fill in the blank: "I leave you to the pleasure of your __________, Which will have to be paid for at ______________."
(a) lies; the end.
(b) life; your strife.
(c) piety; reckoning.
(d) higher vices; higher prices.

Short Answer Questions

1. What position did Becket resign when he was made Archbishop?

2. What does the Third Tempter believe upon his arrival?

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

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

5. What character(s) opens the play with the first monologue?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Becket believe it is appropriate to celebrate the martyr, Stephen, the day after Christmas?

2. How does Becket get the Priests to unbar the door and allow the Knights to enter?

3. After the temptations, what do the Chorus want Becket to do? Why?

4. How do the Four Tempters describe life?

5. What does the First Tempter use to entice Thomas Becket?

6. What is the tone of the Chorus' "death-bringers" speech after the Knights exit for the first time?

7. 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?

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

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

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

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