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

2. How does the chorus define its time in Canterbury since the Archbishop left seven years previous?
(a) Dying and partly dying.
(b) Living and partly dying.
(c) Living and partly living.
(d) Living and partly suffering.

3. According to the information in the opening monologue, how many years have passed since the Archbishop has left the city?
(a) Seven.
(b) Five.
(c) Twelve.
(d) Twenty.

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

5. How does the Fourth Tempter claim Beckett can have ultimate glory and power over the King of England?
(a) By giving his money to the people.
(b) By killing the King.
(c) By becoming the Chancellor again.
(d) By becoming a martyr.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who does Becket say may have intercepted his letters and planned his demise?

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

4. What are the priests eager to know once the Messenger has delivered his initial message?

5. How many visitors did Beckett expect?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Becket believe man can "mourn and rejoice at once for the same reason?"

4. What is the Interlude?

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

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

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

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

9. What is the meaning of the urgency behind the Knight's demands upon entering the scene?

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

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