As You Like It Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where do Rosalind and Celia plan to go?

2. What is the rest of the herd doing while the animal Jaques is crying over suffers from its injury?

3. Who asks Corin for food?

4. What does Oliver express to Duke Frederick about Orlando?

5. Who else is with Duke Senior and dressed like foresters?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Silvius' reasoning for why Corin does not know for sure if he has ever been in love?

2. How does Jaques liken the injured deer to life at court?

3. What does Jaques suggest that Duke Senior's men do while they are hunting?

4. What are the stipulations Duke Frederick gives Oliver in the event that he does not find Orlando?

5. What is one reason Rosalind gives for why she has an attraction to Orlando?

6. What does Touchstone talk about with William at the end of Act 5, Scene 1?

7. What do Duke Frederick's men report about Celia and Rosalind after their disappearance?

8. Why does Oliver have a change of heart toward his brother, Orlando, in Act 4, Scene 3?

9. What does Duke Senior advise Orlando about while Orlando is trying to vanquish Duke Senior with a sword?

10. What is the song about that the men sing on their way to Duke Senior in Act 4, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many different contrasts are shown between country life and city life throughout "As You Like It." What is ultimately proven to be the better of the two? Is there a clear answer to the argument drawn at all? Support your response with specific examples and quotes from the play about country life and city life.

Essay Topic 2

Was Shakespeare attempting to empower his contemporary woman with the characters of Rosalind and Ganymede, or was he trying to expose female stereotypes? Use these two characters as the support for your response to this question. What scenes within the play show that the women are supporting your stance for this argument? Use your knowledge of Shakespearean time to deduce how Shakespeare wanted this question answered and, hence, wanted the women interpreted.

Essay Topic 3

Song and dance is very prominent in Shakespeare's plays. "As You Like It" has several scenes in which the players sing songs and create scenes of musical merriment. Pick one of the scenes from the play in which song is used to get a point across. What is the point of using song? How does it further the progression of the play? Remember to think about Shakespeare's contemporary audience, for whom these plays were performed. Remember to use specific quotes and examples from the play to support your answer.

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