As You Like It Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who calls Orlando a fool for marring the trees in the forest with his verses?

2. How does Touchstone feel about his pending wedding?

3. What does Touchstone decide after his conversation with Jaques at the end of Act 3, Scene 3?

4. Who is Audrey, the woman Touchstone is speaking with, at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 3?

5. What do the men sing about as they parade at the end of Act 4, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

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

Jaques discusses the seven stages of a man's life with Duke Senior's men in the forest. Explain Jaques' dissertation on the seven stages and how they directly apply to Shakespeare's contemporary time. Could this possibly be Shakespeare's own doctrine that he is inserting into the play? Use specific examples and quotes from the text to support your answer.

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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