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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. "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.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Thomas Beckett's thought end?: "If the Archbishop cannot trust the Throne/ He has good cause to trust none but _____________"

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

3. How does the Chorus describe itself?

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

5. What does the First Tempter predict for Becket if he does not "leave well alone?"

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Chorus perceive the actions of the play and its part in it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the importance of the banners that the Priests enter with and the mention of all of Saints?

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