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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. When will the First Tempter remember Becket?
(a) At night when the fires are lit.
(b) On ChristmasEve.
(c) At kissing time below the stairs.
(d) On Christmas Day.

2. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?
(a) An End to Suffering.
(b) Promises of Nothing.
(c) Dreams to Damnation.
(d) Hopes that Die.

3. According to the Chorus, what does the Archbishop bring into Canterbury?
(a) Joy.
(b) Death.
(c) War.
(d) Wealth.

4. Who states that "Power is present. Holiness hereafter?"
(a) The Fourth Tempter.
(b) Thomas Beckett.
(c) The Second Tempter.
(d) The Second Tempter.

5. What is the feeling of the general public in regard to the Archbishop's return?
(a) Enthusiasm.
(b) Apprehension.
(c) Fear.
(d) Indifference.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Beckett believe that the local bishops would not support a power move like regaining his Chancellorship?

2. What, according to the First Tempter, "should be more than biting Time can sever?"

3. What is it that the Second Tempter offers Becket?

4. What is not one of the things that the Tempter describes in his flashback of the "good time" Becket used to enjoy in his service to King Henry?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the opinion of the Messenger of the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?

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

3. What are the tactics that Eliot writes into the speech of the Second Knight to persuade the audience to see their point of view?

4. After the temptations, what do the Priests want Becket to do? Why?

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

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

7. How do the Four Tempters describe life?

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

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

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

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