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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Silvius say he will deliver the letter Phebe wrote for Ganymede at the end of Act 3, Scene 5?
2. What does Rosalind suggest that Orlando start with, instead of a kiss, in his quest for Rosalind's love?
3. To what does Rosalind compare Orlando's love when he shows up for his lesson?
4. What does Touchstone do during his conversation with the man who enters?
5. What must Silvius do, according to Ganymede, in order for Phebe to marry him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
When Orlando first happens upon Duke Senior and his men in the forest, he draw his sword. Duke Senior gives Orlando a lesson in politeness, which surprises Orlando. Construct a clear thesis for the meaning behind this scene and what purpose it serves within "As You Like It." What lesson is Shakespeare attempting to teach the reader? Does it deal with politeness? War? Support your answer with specific scenes and quotes from the play.
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
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.
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