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. What does Jaques tell the men the world is after Orlando leaves to find Adam?

2. Who is in the forest at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 6?

3. How do Rosalind and Celia feel after their trip?

4. How does Rosalind act, to Celia's surprise, toward what she confides in Celia?

5. Who wants to speak to Jaques at the end of Act 2, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Touchstone think marrying Audrey in the forest will be a benefit?

2. Why is Rosalind kept at court after her father, Duke Senior, is banished to the forest?

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

4. How do Rosalind and Celia manage to find shelter in the forest?

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

6. Why does Rosalind compare Orlando's love for her to that of a snail?

7. Why is Orlando reluctant to leave the court?

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

9. How does Orlando get himself out of the court?

10. Why does Touchstone call the singers in Act 5, Scene 3, foolish?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which character is least sympathetic? Between the feuds and personal vendettas characters have throughout the play, who ultimately learns nothing by the play's end? Do all learn a lesson and change their ways? Choose one character that you feel fails the task of learning a lesson, or choose the characters you believe become sympathetic and true-of-heart characters. Remember to use specific examples and quotes from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Within "As You Like It" there are two kinds of love: true love and lust love. Between the four couples that wed at the end of the play, decide which fall in the category of true love and which fall within the category of lust love. Try defining either within the context Shakespeare sets up. How do each of these couples fall within their respective category? What else within the text supports the couples' designated category? Use specific examples and quotes from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Love at first sight is a prominent theme within any Shakespeare play. How is love at first sight shown in "As You Like It" and how does it develop? What is the validity of the love at first sight within the play? Using examples and quotes from the play, prove whether or not Shakespeare believed in love at first sight or if he is patronizing the concept.

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