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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What sound was supposedly heard from the Duchess's room that caused Bosola to be suspicious?
(a) Music
(b) A shriek
(c) Lots of women's laughter
(d) A cry from someone asking to be set free

2. 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.

3. What item does Bosola give Ferdinand at the end of the Act 3, Scene 1?
(a) A key
(b) A letter
(c) A dagger
(d) A small bag of gold

4. 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) Information that Ferdinand is being spied upon by the Cardinal.
(c) That he can finally meet her husband -- and know who he is.
(d) Her promise never to disobey him again if he will only lend her some money.

5. Why does the Old Lady return to the scene after the Duchess has eaten Bosola's fruit?
(a) To help the Duchess give birth.
(b) To get back at Bosola.
(c) To steal money from people during the chaos.
(d) To put a curse on everyone.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Delio is proposing an arrangement between himself and Julia, what does he offer Julia for her service?

2. At the end of Act 2, Scene 3, who does the Duchess tell that she is secretly married to Antonio?

3. What does Bosola give to the Duchess to try to find out the truth about her "condition"?

4. How does the Cardinal respond to Ferdinand's suggestion after learning the news?

5. What happens to Antonio as a result of the Duchess's lie?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does the Cardinal give for asking Pescara, Malateste, Roderigo, and Grisolan not to enter his brother's chambers? What is the real reason?

2. How does Delio show his support and friendship to Antonio before Antonio leaves to demand a reconciliation with the Cardinal?

3. Why does Bosola have such a low opinion of Antonio?

4. What is Ferdinand's reaction to finding out about the Duchess's baby?

5. What unique literary device does Webster use to convey what is happening when the Cardinal resigns?

6. How does Bosola find out that the Cardinal was behind the scheme to kill the Duchess?

7. Delio thinks there is still a small chance that the Cardinal will find compassion and reconcile with Antonio in Act 5, scene 3. What does Delio think might prompt this change?

8. How much time has passed between Act 1 and Act 2, and how is the reader made to understand how much time has passed?

9. Does it seem in character for Delio to be offering money to Julia for her to become his mistress? Why or why not?

10. Once Ferdinand has descended into madness, the Cardinal makes up a lie about why Ferdinand has gone mad. Why does he do this?

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