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 is Duke Frederick's plan to find the group and use Oliver to do it an example of?

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

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

4. Whose estate is Orlando in at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3?

5. Where does Orlando intend to go once he leaves the estate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Touchstone made out to be the foolish one in Act 5, Scene 3?

3. How does Celia try to cheer up Rosalind, who is depressed about her father's banishment?

4. How does Phebe get Silvius to deliver her love letter to Ganymede at the end of Act 3, Scene 5?

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

6. How does Touchstone get Audrey to agree to marry him?

7. How do Rosalind and Celia feel once they enter the Forest of Arden?

8. Why is Celia upset with Rosalind at the end of Act 4, Scene I?

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

10. What leads Duke Frederick to believe that the girls are with Orlando?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Touchstone plays a fool within the constructs of court. Once he leaves for the Forest of Arden, he feels like an even bigger fool and in a negative way, as opposed to his designated role as a fool at court. Using scenes and quotes within the play, show the difference between the role of fool Touchstone plays at court and the role of fool he plays in the forest. What are the differences between the two in the reader's eye? In Shakespeare's eye? In Touchstone's eye? Which fool role does Touchstone ultimately fulfill?

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