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. To what does Duke Senior compare Jaques at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 7?

2. What does Duke Frederick tell Rosalind will happen if she does not follow his orders?

3. Whom does Oliver financially support instead of supporting Orlando?

4. What will Duke Frederick hold possession of until Oliver finds his brother?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why do Duke Frederick's initial good-natured feelings toward Orlando change to feelings of hate?

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

4. Why does Celia decide to name herself Aliena while in disguise?

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

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

7. Why do Rosalind and Celia decide to wear disguises to the Forest of Arden?

8. Why does Adam offer his company to Orlando and to leave court life for the forest?

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

10. What is the preamble to Rosalind unveiling her true female identity in Act 5, Scene 4?

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

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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