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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. Who does the Third Tempter represent?
(a) English barons.
(b) The King.
(c) English Merchants.
(d) The People of Canterbury.

2. What does the First Priest believe was Becket's character flaw that ultimately brought an end to his friendship with the King?
(a) Laziness.
(b) Self-loathing.
(c) Cowardliness.
(d) Pride.

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

4. How does the Chorus describe itself?
(a) Representative of all people of Canterbury.
(b) Small folk.
(c) Poor folk.
(d) Lonely folk.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the First Priest compare the women of Canterbury to?

2. In what year does Murder in the Cathedral take place?

3. How does the Fourth Tempter claim Beckett can have ultimate glory and power over the King of England?

4. In what city of England does the story take place?

5. What metaphor does the Third Priest use to compare the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Taking into consideration the many opportunities to escape his fate, his many followers begging him to change course, and Becket's own prideful nature, why would Becket choose the path of martyrdom?

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

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