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 tries to cheer up the ailing person in Act 2, Scene 6?

2. Which attendant overhears Rosalind and Celia talking the night before they go missing?

3. What does Rosalind confide in to Celia at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 3?

4. What injured animal is Jaques crying over near the river?

5. How many crowns is Orlando left by his late father?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Celia calm down Rosalind, who is upset that Orlando is late for their lesson on love?

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

4. Why does Duke Frederick banish Rosalind from the city so suddenly?

5. Why does Rosalind compare Orlando's love for her to that of a snail?

6. How does Jaques liken the injured deer to life at court?

7. What is the song about that the men sing on their way to Duke Senior in Act 4, Scene 2?

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

9. Why is Rosalind kept at court after her father, Duke Senior, is banished to the forest?

10. What is Silvius' reasoning for why Corin does not know for sure if he has ever been in love?

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

Song and dance is very prominent in Shakespeare's plays. "As You Like It" has several scenes in which the players sing songs and create scenes of musical merriment. Pick one of the scenes from the play in which song is used to get a point across. What is the point of using song? How does it further the progression of the play? Remember to think about Shakespeare's contemporary audience, for whom these plays were performed. Remember to use specific quotes and examples from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Rosalind proposes questions to the audience at the play's end and invites them to clap in response to those questions. Her final comment involves kissing the men in the audience, but only if she were a woman. Deconstruct the Epilogue and write a clear thesis for what you believe its purpose within the play is. Does the Epilogue suggest that the audience continue thinking about gender roles? Is it a comical end to the play? Is Rosalind simply gathering applause from the audience? Support your answer with specific examples and quotes from "As You Like It."

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