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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 does Becket say saved him from the wrath of his enemies?
2. What does Beckett claim the Fourth Tempter offers?
3. What doesn't the Third Priest see in "the art of temporal government?"
4. What is not one of the events of the past seven years that the Chorus describes?
5. What does the Messenger call the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?
Short Essay Questions
1. Looking at the Interlude, how was the Fourth Tempter successful? How was he unsuccessful in his aims?
2. How does the Chorus perceive the actions of the play and its part in it?
3. What is a method that Becket uses to outline his sermon in the Interlude?
4. What is one of the more specific crimes the Knights bring up in their accusations?
5. What does the First Tempter use to entice Thomas Becket?
6. Why might Becket pointedly ask the congregation to remember his words?
7. Why does Becket believe it is appropriate to celebrate the martyr, Stephen, the day after Christmas?
8. What seems to be Becket's hubris that many characters mention and the Tempters attempt to play upon?
9. What is a literary tool that Becket uses in writing the interlude?
10. After the temptations, what do the Priests want Becket to do? Why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Interlude is the sermon Becket gives on Christmas Day. He says it may be his last.
1) Who is this sermon directed to? What is his relationship to them?
2) What is the main argument of his speech and what are the points that lead up to his conclusion?
3) What is the purpose of this final sermon? What does he want from the audience? How does he make it an effective speech?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
There are many references to "The wheel" in Murder in the Cathedral. Much lore from Ancient Greece and the Middle ages reference the wheel when speaking of a wheel turning as a metaphor of man's fate, fortune and predestination.
1) What part does Becket believe Fate and Destiny play in the final days of his life?
2) How much of this is God's work according to Becket? What are Becket's feeling towards God's actions?
3) What do you believe? It is fate or chance that helped play out Becket's final days as illustrated in Murder in the Cathedral? Feel free to use examples from your own encounters with what you believe to be fate.
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