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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. 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?
2. According to the information in the opening monologue, how many years have passed since the Archbishop has left the city?
3. According to the Third Tempter, what does friendship depend upon?
4. Who does Becket say saved him from the wrath of his enemies?
5. Who does the Third Tempter represent?
Short Essay Questions
1. How long has Thomas Becket been away from Canterbury? Why has he chosen to stay away for so long?
2. Why does Becket tell the Chorus to be at peace as they lament and ask for forgiveness?
3. How does Becket believe a martyr should be defined?
4. What is the Interlude?
5. Why do the Priests continually attempt to save Becket from the Knights even after orders from him to allow fate to take its course?
6. What is special about the day the Interlude takes place?
7. What is the initial and more general accusation the Knights' hold against the Archbishop?
8. What is life like for the Chorus of women in Canterbury?
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. Why might Becket pointedly ask the congregation to remember his words?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
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
Becket believes that his death will ultimately bring good to the public, the church, and his own spiritual well-being.
1) Cite several instances in which Becket or another character argue for the choice of martyrdom. Define what Becket's modus operandi is in allowing his own murder
2) Looking at the way his followers reacted to his death, were Becket's goals achieved?
3) Think of another historic figure that you consider a martyr (i.e. Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr.). Compare that person with Becket.
4) For you, what truly defines a martyr? How does the death of one person catalyze social change?
5) Do you believe there are the moral implications to celebrating death in such a way?
Essay Topic 3
From the moment the play opens, there is an ominous approaching event that culminates in the murder of Thomas Becket. Throughout the play, several characters continue to foreshadow Becket's murder, including Becket himself.
1) Cite several examples of foreshadowing from the text and describe the importance of this as a tool of the plot and the building of characters.
2) Do you believe that knowing about the death of Thomas Becket from the beginning lessens the effectiveness of the climax or strengthens it? Do you believe Eliot's choice made Murder in the Cathedral an effective story?
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