Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who states that "Power is present. Holiness hereafter?"
2. What is not one of the ways the Chorus, the priests and the Tempters describe an unexpected death?
3. What does the Messenger call the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?
4. What doesn't the Third Priest see in "the art of temporal government?"
5. What does the Chorus claim is their purpose in the action of the play?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Becket fear that giving into the Fourth Tempter would be doing "the right deed for the wrong reason?"
2. What seems to be Becket's hubris that many characters mention and the Tempters attempt to play upon?
3. What does Becket decide to do by the end of Part I?
4. What is a literary tool that Becket uses in writing the interlude?
5. In his address to the audience, the Third Knight claims that they are "perfectly disinterested." What does he mean?
6. What is Becket's relationship to his congregation?
7. How does Becket believe man can "mourn and rejoice at once for the same reason?"
8. What might be a reason Becket chose to do this speech?
9. 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?
10. According to Becket, how do we define peace?
Essay Topic 1
Fear is a powerful tool that many characters in the play use to get what they want. The last word comes from the Chorus which states that it fears the love of God. How is fear used in the play? 1) Choose instances in which characters express fear and describe what are they afraid of. Is Eliot trying to make a social point, or is it something more simple?
2) Choose an example of something you've witnessed in your own life in which you or someone else was too afraid to act. It may be from a social situation, religious or political dominance, etc. Compare it to Eliot's examples.
Essay Topic 2
From the beginning of Murder in the Cathedral, we are told of the monotonous and rather unfulfilled lives that are led by the women of Canterbury. In one instance we are told that they believe they are "living and party living."
1) How is the return of Thomas Becket to Canterbury a good thing for its people? What can he offer them that they have been missing in their lives?
2) How does Becket's return affect them negatively?
3) Using examples from the text, how can monotony be a good thing? How is it bad?
Essay Topic 3
After the murder of Thomas Becket, the Four Knights have a chance to explain their different reasons for assassinating the Archbishop. Write an essay with the following parts:
Part 1) Choose one of the Four Knights arguments. Study their speech and outline their argument.
Part 2) Choose to either support their point or debate their point and write an argument for or against the assassination.
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