The Duchess of Malfi Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Pescara responds to Julia's letter from the Cardinal, where does he say he is going?

2. Act 3, Scene 3 is a scene with many characters discussing a minor plot while a few other characters -- including Delio -- are making side comments and observing Ferdinand and the Cardinal. Delio's comments convey that he:

3. Bosola learns of the Cardinal's plans to kill him by:

4. What do the pilgrims think about the Duchess's choice to marry Antonio?

5. Who murders Julia?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What literary devices does the author use to convey things about the characters within the first few scenes of the play? Thinking about the way Webster uses characters, foreshadowing, and dialogue, pick 3 characters, and describe how these devices help the reader know more about the characters and what is going to happen later in the play.

Essay Topic 2

Religion is used throughout the play as a cover for hidden motives and secret plans. What message do you think Webster was trying to convey about religion at the time? Use 3 examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Poison, and poisoned objects, make an appearance several times throughout the play. Citing three examples, how do you think Webster is using poison as a literary device? What is poison supposed to symbolize, and what message is Webster trying to convey with it?

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