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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 Chorus, what does the Archbishop bring into Canterbury?
2. According to the information in the opening monologue, how many years have passed since the Archbishop has left the city?
3. Who does the Third Tempter represent?
4. What is not one of the ways the Chorus, the priests and the Tempters describe an unexpected death?
5. What does the Messenger say were the last words of Thomas Becket to the King of England before the Archbishop's exile?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the importance of the banners that the Priests enter with and the mention of all of Saints?
2. According to Becket, what did God mean when he told his disciples "My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you."
3. As Becket is being slaughtered, the Chorus speaks. What the the main idea behind their speech?
4. Why does Becket fear that giving into the Fourth Tempter would be doing "the right deed for the wrong reason?"
5. What is the opinion of the Messenger of the relationship between the King and the Archbishop?
6. What is special about the day the Interlude takes place?
7. What is the tone of the Chorus' "death-bringers" speech after the Knights exit for the first time?
8. What does Becket see as being ironic about the peace God offered?
9. What is a literary tool that Becket uses in writing the interlude?
10. How do the Knights taunt Becket upon their entrance into the Cathedral?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Choose two of the characters from the play excluding Becket. Compare and contrast the following aspects of the characters:
Part 1) Their social standing.
Part 2) Their political views.
Part 3) Their religious beliefs.
Now describe how these traits affect their opinion of Becket and his actions in the play. How are their opinions different? How are they similar?
Essay Topic 2
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?
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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