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, "Thus I mend it: Time himself is bald and therefore to the world's end will have bald followers"?

2. Finish the sentence: "Whom whilst I labour'd of a love to see, I hazarded the loss of whom I ____."

3. What caused Egeon and his family to become separated according to his story in Act 1, Scene 1?

4. What does Luciana say Antipholus of Ephesus' is "the bridle" of?

5. What does Adriana tell Dromio of Ephesus to do after he has told his story in Act 2, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of the discussion between Antipholus of Syracuse and the First Merchant at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

2. How does Luce treat Antipholus of Ephesus and his friends in Act 3, Scene 1?

3. How do the women react to Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of Syracuse's strange behavior at the end of Act 2, Scene 2?

4. Why do Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of Syracuse decide to go home with Adriana at the end of Act 2, Scene 2?

5. How does Luciana describe Antipholus' advances to her in Act 4, Scene 2?

6. What and why does Antipholus of Ephesus ask of Angelo at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 1?

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

8. How does Antipholus of Syracuse react towards the Courtesan in Act 4, Scene 3?

9. Why does Antipholus of Syracuse send Dromio of Syracuse to an inn in Act 1, Scene 2?

10. What do Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of Syracuse discuss in regards to Ephesus at the end of Act 4, Scene 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the use of puns and wordplay in the play. What purpose did the author have for using them?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss and analyze the repercussions of the impulsive nature of the Antipholus character. What does this impulsiveness cause? What might the author be saying about impulsiveness?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the portrayal of mistaken identity in the play. What factors allowed the author to be able to hide the character's true identity so well?

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