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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 Messenger say were the last words of Thomas Becket to the King of England before the Archbishop's exile?
(a) My Lord, I leave England, a land I shall not see again.
(b) My Lord, I leave you as a man, whom you shall not see again for seven years.
(c) My Lord, I leave you as a man, whom you shall see again as an angel.
(d) My Lord, I leave you as a man whom in this life I shall not see again.

2. What is it that the Second Tempter offers Becket?
(a) A new life.
(b) The English throne.
(c) A new love.
(d) His former political position.

3. What character(s) opens the play with the first monologue?
(a) The Chorus.
(b) The Priests.
(c) Thomas Becket.
(d) The Messenger.

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

5. Who are the first two characters who speak of "the wheel" on separate occasions?
(a) The Third Priest and Thomas Becket.
(b) The First Priest and the Second Priest.
(c) The First Priest and the First Tempter.
(d) The Chorus and Thomas Becket.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does the Chorus describe itself?

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

4. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Becket see as being ironic about the peace God offered?

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

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

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

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

6. How long has Thomas Becket been away from Canterbury? Why has he chosen to stay away for so long?

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

8. What is a method that Becket uses to outline his sermon in the Interlude?

9. How does Becket believe you cannot define a martyr?

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

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