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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Ferdinand promise to do upon hearing the news?
(a) Kill the Duchess, her lover, and her child .
(b) Visit the Duchess as soon as possible.
(c) Send money to the Duchess.
(d) Never speak to the Duchess again.

2. After Ferdinand confronts the Duchess about her children, which of the following does the Duchess offer to Ferdinand?
(a) Nothing; she refuses to speak to him.
(b) Her promise never to disobey him again if he will only lend her some money.
(c) Information that Ferdinand is being spied upon by the Cardinal.
(d) That he can finally meet her husband -- and know who he is.

3. Antonio responds to the Duchess's proposal by saying that:
(a) He finds the idea laughable.
(b) He is above her position in society, but will think about her offer.
(c) He cannot marry someone as old as she is.
(d) He is not worthy of her, but loves and is devoted to her anyway.

4. Which of the following characters are all related?
(a) Ferdinand, Antonio, and Bosola
(b) The Cardinal, Ferdinand, and the Duchess
(c) The Cardinal, Ferdinand, and Antonio
(d) Antonio, Bosola, and the Duchess

5. Where does Antonio send Delio?
(a) Rome
(b) Athens
(c) London
(d) Paris

6. The Duchess proposes to Antonio by:
(a) Asking him to write down her will.
(b) Presenting him with gold.
(c) Getting down on one knee.
(d) Dressing up as someone else.

7. Cariola's statement after the wedding can be seen as foreshadowing what?
(a) How many kids the Duchess and Antonio will have.
(b) That the happy new couple will soon become very wealthy.
(c) That the Duchess's youth will prevent the couple from being happy.
(d) The trouble that will come from the secrecy of the marriage.

8. After Ferdinand returns to the Duchess's palace to confront her about her children, which of the following does The Duchess finally confess to Ferdinand?
(a) That she is married.
(b) That she desperately needs money.
(c) That she has had 3 children by 3 different men.
(d) That she is very sick and may die soon.

9. What reason does Bosola give for being out of his room in the middle of the night (when everyone is supposed to be staying in their bedchambers)?
(a) He was trying to get his new baby to go to sleep.
(b) He had a nightmare and couldn't sleep.
(c) He always takes walks at night.
(d) He wanted to go to the courtyard to pray.

10. How does Bosola treat the Old Lady when he catches her in a hurry?
(a) Excitedly: she has come to meet him in secret.
(b) Kindly: he apologizes for his rudeness last time they met.
(c) Cruelly: he lets her know that he knows about the Duchess's pregnancy.
(d) Suspiciously: he thinks she may have just stolen something.

11. In Act 1, Scene 1, it becomes clear that Bosola thinks what of the Cardinal?
(a) Bosola doesn't know him well enough to have an opinion yet.
(b) That he is an honest, trustworthy religious man.
(c) That he is an excellent horseman.
(d) That he is dishonest and has the devil in him.

12. What secret does Antonio tell Delio in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) That he is a spy for Ferdinand.
(b) That he and the Duchess have married in secret.
(c) That he is stealing from the Duchess.
(d) That he is secretly a prince.

13. When the Cardinal and Ferdinand are speaking in Act 2, Scene 5, where does their conversation take place?
(a) The Cardinal's palace
(b) On the street
(c) Julia's room
(d) The city market

14. Antonio accuses Cariola of:
(a) Betraying him and the Duchess.
(b) Stealing money from the Duchess.
(c) Stealing money from the church.
(d) Having an affair with Delio.

15. What does Delio pledge to Antonio before he departs for abroad?
(a) That he'll bring back an army
(b) That he'll never return
(c) His loyalty
(d) His daughter for marriage when she's old enough

Short Answer Questions

1. In Act Three, who does Ferdinand tell the Duchess she must marry?

2. What does Ferdinand vow as Act 3, Scene 1 concludes?

3. What does Cariola declare after the wedding?

4. What key piece of information do the Cardinal and Ferdinand finally have in Act 2, Scene 5?

5. How do Ferdinand and the Cardinal learn this new information?

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