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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. 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 Topics

The Chorus serves as a sort of guide and narrator throughout the play.

Part 1) Why does Eliot make the Chorus a group of women? How does this create a different dramatic effect from a male chorus?

Part 2) Describe which social group the Chorus represents and why that is important to its purpose in the plot.

Part 3) What is the Chorus' relationship to Becket and why is that important to their relationship to the audience (the reader)? Is the Chorus a surrogate for us?

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?

Choose one of the following topics:

A) Eliot uses metaphor heavily in this script, especially in comparing people to animals. Choose five examples of this in the script, cite them, and explain why you believe it was effective or ineffective to the characters and the plot as a whole.

B) Evocative imagery is a major component in the dialogue, especially when the Chorus speaks. Look at the Chorus' "death-bringer" speech (p. 66). In it, Eliot uses the idea of the five senses to create images for the reader/audience. Why would he use the five senses to aid in his imagery? Do you believe Eliot used it efficiently?

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