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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 is the first action that the Second Priest wants to take to welcome the Archbishop back to Canterbury?
(a) Throw a celebration in his honor.
(b) Have the fires lit in his rooms.
(c) Lead a prayer.
(d) Have a feast.

2. What, according to the First Tempter, "should be more than biting Time can sever?"
(a) Hope.
(b) Friendship.
(c) Loyalty.
(d) Death.

3. How does Thomas Beckett's thought end?: "If the Archbishop cannot trust the Throne/ He has good cause to trust none but _____________"
(a) His people alone.
(b) God alone.
(c) Himself alone.
(d) The Pope alone.

4. How many visitors did Beckett expect?
(a) Four.
(b) None.
(c) One.
(d) Three.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the Chorus describe itself?

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

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

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

5. What does the First Tempter tell Becket he remembers?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Becket tell the Chorus to be at peace as they lament and ask for forgiveness?

3. Why was the Fourth Tempter most effective in his temptation compared to the other three?

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

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

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

7. Why do the Priests continually attempt to save Becket from the Knights even after orders from him to allow fate to take its course?

8. Explain what is offered by the Second Tempter and why it would appeal to Thomas Beckett

9. How do the Four Tempters describe life?

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

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