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

2. Who does Becket say may have intercepted his letters and planned his demise?
(a) King Henry II.
(b) Greedy merchants.
(c) The King of France.
(d) Rebellious bishops.

3. In what year does Murder in the Cathedral take place?
(a) 1077.
(b) 1170.
(c) 1710.
(d) 1070.

4. How does the Fourth Tempter claim Beckett can have ultimate glory and power over the King of England?
(a) By killing the King.
(b) By becoming the Chancellor again.
(c) By becoming a martyr.
(d) By giving his money to the people.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. How many visitors did Beckett expect?

5. What does the Third Tempter believe upon his arrival?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How do the Four Tempters describe life?

3. How does Becket get the Priests to unbar the door and allow the Knights to enter?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the Interlude?

10. 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?

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