The Comedy of Errors 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 says, "Ay, to a niggardly host, and more sparing guest: but though my cates be mean, take them in good part"?

2. Who says, "Many a man would take you at your word, and go indeed, having so good a mean"?

3. What does Antipholus of Syracuse tell the First Merchant he is going to do to pass his time at the end of their conversation in Act 1, Scene 2?

4. Who says, "Fie, how impatience loureth in your face!"?

5. Where does Act 2, Scene 1 take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Adriana tell Luciana she fears at the end of Act 2, Scene 1?

2. What is the nature of Adriana and Antipholus of Syracuse's conversation in Act 2, Scene 1?

3. How does Adriana react after learning that her husband made advances on her sister?

4. What is the nature of Dromio of Ephesus and Antipholus of Ephesus' discussion at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 1?

5. What does Luciana lecture Antipholus of Syracuse about at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 2?

6. What does Adriana command of Dromio of Ephesus in Act 2, Scene 1?

7. What does Pinch ask of the officer in regards to Antipholus of Ephesus in Act 4, Scene 4?

8. What happens when Egion claims Antipholus of Ephesus is his son near the end of Act 5, Scene 1?

9. How does the Courtesan first act when she approaches Antipholus of Syracuse in Act 4, Scene 3?

10. What offer does the Duke make to Egion at the end of Act 1, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the nature of the character Luciana in the play. What traits does she possess? What role does she play?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the portrayal of love and honor in the play. Which characters exhibit the most loyal and loving behavior in the play? What importance does this have?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the significance of the author's incorporating comical characters and serious characters in the same scene. What might this be saying about the tone of the play?

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