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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 Chorus claim is their purpose in the action of the play?
(a) To witness the events and take no action.
(b) To warn Thomas Becket.
(c) To serve the Priests of the Cathedral.
(d) To prevent a murder.

2. Finish the thought of the First Tempter: "A man will often love what he ______."
(a) Misses.
(b) Sees.
(c) Spurns.
(d) Hates.

3. Why is the fourth visitor the most successful Tempter?
(a) He helps Beckett find peace.
(b) He voices Beckett's own desires.
(c) He makes peace between Beckett and the King.
(d) He represents the people.

4. What is not one of the things that the Tempter describes in his flashback of the "good time" Becket used to enjoy in his service to King Henry?
(a) Singing at nightfall.
(b) Spring melting the winter ice.
(c) Fluting in the meadows.
(d) Fires devouring the winter season.

5. How does the structure of the dialogue change during Becket's first temptation?
(a) All of the characters other than Beckett fall silent.
(b) The First Tempter speaks in verse.
(c) The play becomes one monologue.
(d) All of the characters speak in riddles.

Short Answer 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?

2. How does the Chorus describe itself?

3. How does the Third Tempter describe himself?

4. What important message does the Messenger convey to the Priests?

5. Who states that "Power is present. Holiness hereafter?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Becket decide to do by the end of Part I?

3. What is the Interlude?

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

5. How does Becket believe a martyr should be defined?

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

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

8. What does Becket ask his flock to remember?

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

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

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