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. Who gives Orlando some traveling money once he leaves the estate?

2. What does Oliver do in order to convince Charles to carry out his plan to kill Orlando?

3. For what did Orlando's father intend the crowns to go toward?

4. What is Duke Frederick questioning his company about in the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Orlando do for Adam while he rests?

2. What does Amiens say about Duke Senior's attitude in the country?

3. What does Rosalind ask of the men and women in the audience at the end of the play?

4. How does Rosalind find out about Orlando's feelings for her?

5. Why does Phebe agree to conditionally marry Silvius at the end of Act 5, Scene 2?

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

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

8. Why does Jaques not want to speak with Duke Senior in Act 2, Scene 5?

9. What is Duke Frederick talking about with the group of men at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 2?

10. Why does Charles the Wrestler tell Oliver that Orlando has decided to wrestle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jaques discusses the seven stages of a man's life with Duke Senior's men in the forest. Explain Jaques' dissertation on the seven stages and how they directly apply to Shakespeare's contemporary time. Could this possibly be Shakespeare's own doctrine that he is inserting into the play? Use specific examples and quotes from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

While disguised as Ganymede, Rosalind grills Orlando on how relationships change between a man and a woman after nuptials. Other instances within the play make comments about the nature of marriage between men and women. Pick a scene from "As You Like It" that discusses the nature of marriage and how it changes a man and woman. How is the dynamic shown/explained? Why does Shakespeare include this question in the play? Use specific examples and quotes from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Many of the characters in the play are linked either through blood or family relationships. Using the characters in the play and their lineage and connections to one another, write an explication of the relations within the play. Who is the daughter/son of whom? Who are enemies? Who are siblings? Who are related? Who loves whom? Who hates whom? Your essay must be flawless in terms of how you relate each character to one another.

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