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

2. Why does Beckett believe that the local bishops would not support a power move like regaining his Chancellorship?
(a) Because he excommunicated them.
(b) Because the Pope would not allow it.
(c) Because the King would not allow it.
(d) Because the Pope excommunicated Beckett.

3. What month does the Second Tempter say Beckett will have power?
(a) The first.
(b) The last to the last.
(c) The last from the first.
(d) The first to the second.

4. In what year does Murder in the Cathedral take place?
(a) 1710.
(b) 1170.
(c) 1070.
(d) 1077.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Becket call "the springtime fancy?"

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

3. What is the first action that the Second Priest wants to take to welcome the Archbishop back to Canterbury?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What seems to be Becket's hubris that many characters mention and the Tempters attempt to play upon?

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

4. What is one of the more specific crimes the Knights bring up in their accusations?

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

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

7. In his address to the audience, the Third Knight claims that they are "perfectly disinterested." What does he mean?

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

9. As Becket is being slaughtered, the Chorus speaks. What the the main idea behind their speech?

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

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