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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 Becket claim is the "substance of our first act?"
(a) God and his greatness.
(b) Shadows, and the strife with shadows.
(c) Temptation, and the life with temptation.
(d) God and his mercy.

2. What is the first idea that Becket relates to his audience and what does he insist that the Chorus "know and do not know?"
(a) Suffering is everything and everything is suffering.
(b) The world is suffering and they are the world.
(c) Life is suffering and suffering is death.
(d) Action is suffering and suffering is action.

3. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?
(a) Dreams to Damnation.
(b) Promises of Nothing.
(c) An End to Suffering.
(d) Hopes that Die.

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) Fluting in the meadows.
(b) Spring melting the winter ice.
(c) Fires devouring the winter season.
(d) Singing at nightfall.

5. After the first scene featuring the three Priests, the Chorus speaks again. What do they wish the Archbishop to do?
(a) Return to France.
(b) Make peace with the King.
(c) Turn the wheel.
(d) Bless them.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the Third Tempter, what does friendship depend upon?

2. Fill in the blank: "I leave you to the pleasure of your __________, Which will have to be paid for at ______________."

3. What is not one of the events of the past seven years that the Chorus describes?

4. Who does the Third Tempter represent?

5. When will the First Tempter remember Becket?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who does the Fourth Knight believe truly killed Thomas Becket? What is his proof that this is true?

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

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

5. Before Becket is dragged to the altar by the Three Priests, he seems at peace. How is this possible?

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

7. What are the tactics that Eliot writes into the speech of the Second Knight to persuade the audience to see their point of view?

8. Was Thomas Becket prepared for his temptations?

9. Why is it that Becket believes a martyr is never an accident?

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

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