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 happens when Duke Frederick learns that Sir Rowland is Orlando's father?

2. Who is professing love for Phebe?

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

4. What does Celia think about Rosalind's reasoning about her feelings toward Orlando?

5. How does the scene that contrasts Act 2, Scene 2 accomplish its contrast?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Duke Frederick summon Oliver after learning of Rosalind and Celia's disappearance?

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

3. How is Adam feeling when he and Orlando reach the Forest of Arden at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 6?

4. Why does Touchstone dislike the forest?

5. What does Duke Senior say to his men about life in the Forest of Arden?

6. What news does Oliver and Orlando's youngest brother give them about Duke Frederick?

7. How does Rosalind come to first speak with Orlando?

8. Why does Jaques encourage Amiens to continue singing at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 5?

9. What is the story about the seven seasons of man's life that Jaques tells the men at the end of Act 2, Scene 7?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many role changes within "As You Like It," and some involve the social ladder. What role change within the play shows the reader an interchange of social status? Who are the characters and how is the change shown? Why does Shakespeare include this role change? Use specific examples and quotes from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Rosalind and Celia don disguises when they enter the Forest of Arden. Using these two characters, present a clear thesis for what these disguises represent within the play. Think about the context in which the play was written (i.e., Shakespeare's time). Do these disguises prove positive or negative for the characters who wear them? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the play, land is considered of high value. How is land used as a source of barter and currency in "As You Like It"? How does owning property empower a character? How does not owning property, or having property taken away, degrade a character? Use specific examples and quotes from the text to support your answer.

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