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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the Duchess's last statement before she dies?
(a) "I forgive you."
(b) "Forgive me."
(c) "Mercy."
(d) "Antonio!"

2. How is Julia murdered?
(a) She is stabbed.
(b) She is drowned.
(c) She kisses a poisoned book.
(d) She is strangled.

3. What role do the pilgrims play toward the end of the scene where the Cardinal resigns his position?
(a) They have no role since they never talk.
(b) They serve as extras in the scene.
(c) They serve as means of showing what the townsfolk think of what has happened.
(d) They are a distraction from all of the action.

4. When Antonio and the Duchess separate at the end of Act 3, Antonio takes with him:
(a) Their family crest
(b) What little money they have left
(c) All of their children
(d) Their eldest son

5. How does Antonion feel about confronting the Cardinal with the hope of reconciliation?
(a) He takes a large army with him or protection.
(b) He is looking forward to the visit.
(c) He is afraid, and needs to be encouraged by Delio.
(d) He has a feeling it will go badly.

6. Julia gives Pescara a letter, which contains a request from the Cardinal. What does it say?
(a) That Pescara is being promoted to being a cardinal.
(b) That Pescara should give Julia some of Antonio's former property.
(c) That Pescara must leave for Rome at once.
(d) That Pescara should kill Julia as soon as possible.

7. How does the Cardinal believe the Duchess should be punished?
(a) He believes she should be forgiven for her sins.
(b) By being banished with Antonio and their children.
(c) By having to pay the church as penance for her sins.
(d) By going into solitude for 1 year.

8. What is unique about the structure of Act 3, Scene 4?
(a) It is done in absolute silence.
(b) No one actually sees each other; they are talking only through walls.
(c) Much of the action is done without dialogue but with song instead.
(d) It is done only by candlelight.

9. What promise does Delio make Antonio before Antonio goes to confront the Cardinal?
(a) To let Antonio handle the situation on his own.
(b) To fetch Antonio's son and come soon to support him.
(c) To leave the country with Antonio's only remaining son.
(d) To bring a large army that is heavily armed.

10. After Ferdinand has gone mad, he is found wandering the streets carrying what?
(a) Rotting vegetables and other items from the trash.
(b) Foul-smelling potions and objects from a nearby doctor.
(c) Dead body parts he has dug up out of graves.
(d) Pieces of dead animals.

11. What do the pilgrims think about what the Cardinal does to the Duchess and her family?
(a) That it should have happened a long time ago.
(b) That it is cruel and out of proportion.
(c) That it is completely warranted.
(d) All of these answers are correct.

12. What does Bosola bring to the Duchess and Antonio once they have left Malfi?
(a) Jewels
(b) Fruit
(c) A dagger
(d) A letter

13. When Ferdinand descends into madness, what kind of creature does he think he is?
(a) A horse
(b) An eagle
(c) A werewolf
(d) A bear

14. What women are involved in the scheming of Act 3, Scene 3?
(a) None
(b) Cariola
(c) The Old Woman
(d) Julia

15. What do the pilgrims think about the Duchess's choice to marry Antonio?
(a) It was expected, because the Duchess and Antonio were betrothed when they were very young.
(b) It was a blessing from God.
(c) She was obligated to marry him, since she had had his child.
(d) It was surprising.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Antonio die?

2. Although several community members are brought to the Duchess's chamber to torture her, what does the Duchess say they actually do?

3. When Antonio and Delio are talking about Antonio's plans to confront the Cardinal, something happens that causes Antonio's words to be repeated back to him. What is it?

4. When the executioners enter the Duchess's chamber, what three items do they bring with them?

5. Antonio says that he is glad to die when he hears the news of:

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