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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 does the First Priest compare the women of Canterbury to?
(a) Horses in the stalls.
(b) Chickens in a coop.
(c) Worms in the belly.
(d) Frogs in the treetops.

2. What important message does the Messenger convey to the Priests?
(a) The King has ordered the execution of Thomas Becket.
(b) The Archbishop has left France.
(c) The Archbishop has arrived at the city.
(d) The Pope has excommunicated the King

3. What idea does the Fourth Tempter repeat that Beckett voiced on his first entrance?
(a) Everything is suffering and suffering is everthing.
(b) Action is suffering and suffering is action.
(c) Suffering is life and life is action.
(d) Life is suffering and suffering is death.

4. What does the Second Tempter tell Beckett he will be like if he continues on course?
(a) An old stag, circled with hounds.
(b) An old dog, circled with wolves.
(c) An old fox, circled with hounds.
(d) A young doe, circled with wolves.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What group of people does the Chorus consist of?

3. In Part One, where does the action of the play take place?

4. How does the Second Tempter claim real power is purchased?

5. What is the first word that Becket speaks on his first entrance?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the Priests enter at the beginning of Part II to change the ambiance of the play? Do you believe it is effective?

2. How does the Chorus feel about Becket's return to England?

3. Why does the Chorus fear the "love of God?"

4. What is Becket's relationship to his congregation?

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Becket fear that giving into the Fourth Tempter would be doing "the right deed for the wrong reason?"

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

(see the answer keys)

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