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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. According to the information in the opening monologue, how many years have passed since the Archbishop has left the city?
2. What position did Becket resign when he was made Archbishop?
3. 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?
4. What is not one of the ways the Chorus, the priests and the Tempters describe an unexpected death?
5. What does Becket claim is the "substance of our first act?"
Short Essay Questions
1. According to Becket, how do we define peace?
2. Why does the Third Tempter state that joining forces with the barony would be a good idea?
3. What are the tactics that Eliot writes into the speech of the Second Knight to persuade the audience to see their point of view?
4. What might be a reason Becket chose to do this speech?
5. What is the opinion of the Messenger of the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?
6. Was Thomas Becket prepared for his temptations?
7. How does Becket believe you cannot define a martyr?
8. What does Becket mean when he states to the Priests, "The moment foreseen may be unexpected when it arrives?"
9. After the temptations, what do the Chorus want Becket to do? Why?
10. Looking at the Interlude, how was the Fourth Tempter successful? How was he unsuccessful in his aims?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Chorus seems to believe in a "Void." They believe that God's judgment will lead Becket to this Void rather than a peaceful afterlife. The Fourth Knights insists that Becket commits suicide. Using examples from the text, argue whether or not you believe that Becket's actions, which he knew would lead to murder, were justified and moral. Consider: if Becket coordinated his own death, could he still bring about the order he believes martyrdom will bring about? By the end of the play, is he still doing "the right deed for the wrong reason?"
Essay Topic 2
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).
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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