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. Where is Duke Senior at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1?

2. Whom does Rosalind think she and Celia should bring with them?

3. Who is not feeling well in Act 2, Scene 6?

4. From where does Orlando's traveling money come?

5. What is Amiens doing at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what reason does Oliver claim to hate Orlando at the end of Act 1, Scene 1?

2. What does Rosalind say to the audience at the play's finale?

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

4. Why does Rosalind tell Celia not to pity Silvius when he finds out that Phebe's letter to Ganymede is a love letter?

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

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

7. Why is Orlando reluctant to leave the court?

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

9. Why does Adam meet Orlando in the courtyard and order him to leave?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

How is "As You Like It" a pastoral play? What elements within the play contribute to the pastoral theme? Use the Forest of Arden as your platform to answer the question and use specific scenes and quotes to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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