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?
Becket once enjoyed the perks of exercising power in a major political office. One of Becket's major vices is his pride. By his entrance into the world of Murder in the Cathedral, Becket forgoes secular power to the power of the Church's law, the law of the Pope and the law of God. A major theme throughout Murder in the Cathedral is the Battle between the church and the state.
1) Using examples from the text, how did King Henry II and Thomas Becket conjoin politics and religion? How effective were their actions?
2) Historically, what are some examples of the politics of government interfering in the affairs of the church (and vice versa)? Compare these examples to the themes of the play.
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).
Look at one of T.S. Eliot's most famous poems, The Hollow Men ( Found online at http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/784/). Read it several times. Now search through Murder in the Cathedral and choose one of the Chorus' speeches. Compare and contrast Eliot's writing style, elements and themes in his works. What are some of the poetic tools Eliot repeats in his monologues? How are the rhythms the same? How are they different?
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