Murder in the Cathedral Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Fill in the blank:" ...so in Heaven the Saints are most _______, having made themselves most _______..."

2. What would be the most likely reaction of the Canterbury people that this is Beckett's last sermon?

3. At what time of day does the sermon take place?

4. What is NOT one of the things that Beckett says they rejoice in?

5. What does Beckett ask the audience to remember about Christmas mass?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Becket believes that his death will ultimately bring good to the public, the church, and his own spiritual well-being.

1) Cite several instances in which Becket or another character argue for the choice of martyrdom. Define what Becket's modus operandi is in allowing his own murder

2) Looking at the way his followers reacted to his death, were Becket's goals achieved?

3) Think of another historic figure that you consider a martyr (i.e. Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr.). Compare that person with Becket.

4) For you, what truly defines a martyr? How does the death of one person catalyze social change?

5) Do you believe there are the moral implications to celebrating death in such a way?

Essay Topic 2

The play centers around the struggle between King Henry and the Archbishop Thomas Becket. How does the struggle between spiritual power and secular power represent the battle between the King and the Archbishop? Describe a personal or national issue in which you saw a struggle between religion and politics.

Essay Topic 3

After the murder of Thomas Becket, the Four Knights have a chance to explain their different reasons for assassinating the Archbishop. Write an essay with the following parts:

Part 1) Choose one of the Four Knights arguments. Study their speech and outline their argument.

Part 2) Choose to either support their point or debate their point and write an argument for or against the assassination.

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