Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the first idea that Becket relates to his audience and what does he insist that the Chorus "know and do not know?"
2. Who does Becket say may have intercepted his letters and planned his demise?
3. "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?
4. What does the First Tempter tell Becket he remembers?
5. Who states that "Power is present. Holiness hereafter?"
Short Essay Questions
1. Why might Becket pointedly ask the congregation to remember his words?
2. What is the opinion of the Messenger of the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?
3. What is the importance of the banners that the Priests enter with and the mention of all of Saints?
4. What is a literary tool that Becket uses in writing the interlude?
5. How does Becket get the Priests to unbar the door and allow the Knights to enter?
6. What are the tactics that Eliot writes into the speech of the Second Knight to persuade the audience to see their point of view?
7. What is life like for the Chorus of women in Canterbury?
8. How do the Knights taunt Becket upon their entrance into the Cathedral?
9. What is the tone of the Chorus' "death-bringers" speech after the Knights exit for the first time?
10. What does Becket decide to do by the end of Part I?
The three Priests have been without the Archbishop's leadership for seven years. His return is important to their spiritual well-being.
Part 1) What is the Priests' outlook on Becket's return? What is the opinion of the First Priest? The Second? The Third?
Part 2) Compare the similarities and differences between the individual opinions of the Priests and that of Becket's in regard to his return. What viewpoints do these people represent?
Part 3) Describe how Becket's return was important to these three men and how it reflects the needs of the community of Canterbury as a whole. What is his relationship to this group?
The Interlude serves the important role of allowing the reader to see Beckett's point of view on martyrdom. His sermon argues the importance of martyrs in society and why he understands God's plan in the sacrifices they have made.
1) Study Becket's arguments carefully. Does he seem absolutely certain of his own death?
2) Why does Becket feel he will prove to be a martyr to his people if he dies?
3) Why does Becket seem to accept his fate so readily?
4) Conclude why Becket chose to use his last sermon to explain his actions (i.e. accepting his fate).
In Part II, the Fourth Knight states that "there are times when violence is the only way social justice can be secured." They have just killed an important political figure to bring about what they perceive to be order, and they believe it to be justified.
1) Can you see the Knight's point of view on this matter? Explain why they may or may not be justified in their actions.
2) Use an important historic event that you believe parallels the Knights belief. Look at the details of such events as the 1968 Democratic National Convention or the Rodney King riots. You may even use examples of executions and the death penalty (i.e. The hanging of Saddam Hussein). Compare your example to that of the murder of Thomas Becket. Looking at your evidence, do you believe that violence can bring about a peaceful end?
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