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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who is the only one who can bring Beckett peace?
2. What was NOT one of the events that Becket describes in the lives of the disciples?
3. What is the best way to define the style in which T.S. Eliot wrote the Interlude?
4. How was the Tempter unsuccessful?
5. At what time of day does the sermon take place?
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 three Priests have been without the Archbishop's leadership for seven years. His return is important to their spiritual well-being.
Part 1) What is the Priests' outlook on Becket's return? What is the opinion of the First Priest? The Second? The Third?
Part 2) Compare the similarities and differences between the individual opinions of the Priests and that of Becket's in regard to his return. What viewpoints do these people represent?
Part 3) Describe how Becket's return was important to these three men and how it reflects the needs of the community of Canterbury as a whole. What is his relationship to this group?
Essay Topic 3
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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