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. What areas does Egeon tell the Duke he traveled through before coming to Ephesus?

2. What time does Adriana complain it is at the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1?

3. In what way do Egeon and his family try and keep themselves on the ship?

4. 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?

5. What is the name of Antipholus of Ephesus' wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Antipholus of Ephesus tries to enter his home in Act 3, Scene 1?

2. What and why does Antipholus of Ephesus instruct Dromio of Ephesus to buy near the beginning of Act 4, Scene 1?

3. What does Dromio of Ephesus say he needs his master for in Act 1, Scene 2?

4. Where and why does Antipholus of Syracuse go after Dromio of Ephesus at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?

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

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

7. What does Luciana say to Adriana regarding her mood at the end of Act 2, Scene 1?

8. Describe the exchange between Antipholus of Syracuse and Angelo at the beginning of Act 5, Scene 1.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Dromio's role as the clown figure in the play. What characteristics does he possess that put him in this category? What purpose does he serve by portraying this role?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the role of the Duke in the play. What might the author hope for his character to represent in terms of society?

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