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A Man for All Seasons

Robert Bolt

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1. What position does Cromwell offer Rich in exchange for Rich’s false testimony at More’s trial?

2. What did a woman use to attempt to bribe More?

3. Which of the following roles does the Common Man not play?

4. What is the name of the boat King Henry sails down the Thames to meet Sir Thomas?

5. How long has More been in jail by the time we see him there in Act Two?

6. What saying does the Common Man come up with to justify the way he treats the imprisoned Thomas More?

7. Why does More suddenly let Roper marry his daughter?

8. What charge must Cromwell trump up in order to be able to execute Sir Thomas?

9. Who isn’t mentioned by the Common Man as someone who ends up being executed in the aftermath of the events depicted in the play?

10. Where is More’s house?

11. Where does the family find Thomas when he should be getting ready for the king’s arrival?

12. Why does Norfolk participate in the persecution of his friend More?

13. To which character does More display his passionate side?

14. What book of the Bible does Henry quote to support his claim that his first marriage was invalid?

15. What heretic does Cromwell attempt to associate with More?

16. Why does Thomas refuse to tell his family what he thinks about the divorce and the Act of Supremacy?

17. What does More burn to warm his house when he is poor?

18. What is Roper’s religion at the beginning of the play?

19. What job does More recommend that Rich take at the very beginning of the play?

20. What does Rich say he will do with the money he gains from selling the silver cup?

21. What position does Rich take after More first refuses his request for work?

22. What phrase does the publican repeat in his conversation with Cromwell?

23. Who tells More that he’s behaving “like a printed book”?

24. Henry’s first queen is named

25. In his preface, which man does Bolt not cite as an influence in writing his play?

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by AutumnTime22, September 11, 2013

How does Thomas More differ from Thomas Cromwell on religion and politics?
Why do the characters in the reading react as they do to Richard Rich reading Machiavelli and knowing Cromwell?
How does More differ from Wolsey in his opinion on the King’s divorce?
How does Thomas More feel towards Henry VIII?
How does Henry VIII try to persuade More to change his mind?
How does More resemble Henry VIII?
How do Cromwell’s words and actions with Richard Rich demonstrate his political and moral Machiavellianism?... Read more

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