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 wants to speak to Jaques at the end of Act 2, Scene 1?

2. As Orlando prepares to leave the estate, what resources does he have?

3. Who is being kept at court as a companion to Celia, Duke Frederick's daughter?

4. Who is the only member of the group to miss the court?

5. How does Amiens feels at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Audrey upset with Touchstone at the beginning of Act 5, Scene 1?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Everyone seems to enjoy life in the forest and feels liberated once entering the country, except for Touchstone and Jaques. Using these two characters and their arguments, explain their side of the argument and why they do not feel comfortable in the forest and what helps them change their attitudes toward the end. What side of Shakespeare's contemporary society do you believe they represent? Remember to use quotes and examples from the play 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

Which character is least sympathetic? Between the feuds and personal vendettas characters have throughout the play, who ultimately learns nothing by the play's end? Do all learn a lesson and change their ways? Choose one character that you feel fails the task of learning a lesson, or choose the characters you believe become sympathetic and true-of-heart characters. Remember to use specific examples and quotes from the play to support your answer.

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