Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) 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. About what does Constance wonder?

2. In what country is Verona?

3. What three men act out a fight?

4. What does Romeo want to take with him?

5. What is Romeo really going to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Constance at the end of this scene and what is her interpretation of it?

2. What happens as Constance is reading OTHELLO from her complete works of Shakespeare?

3. What does the Chorus do after delivering the monologue?

4. How does the opening scene of Act 3, Scene 2 demonstrates the change in Romeo and Juliet's relationship?

5. What is the content of Constance's monologue at the end of this scene? Do you think she is setting herself up as a fool intentionally or unintentionally?

6. What happens in the third vignette of the Dumbshow?

7. What happens in the second vignette of the Dumbshow and from where do you think this scene is derived?

8. How does Othello reward Constance and how does his reward symbolically represent Constance's real life?

9. Why do you think Act 1 is titled "The Dumbshow"?

10. Describe the interaction between Desdemona and Constance after Othello has dragged Iago off the stage.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 1, Scene 1, a love triangle among Constance, Professor Night, and Ramona is revealed, which in and of itself serves more to foreshadow the love triangle in future acts among Constance, Romeo, and Juliet. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-organized essay using detailed examples from the text, your research, and personal experience to support your statements.

1. Compare and contrast the love triangles that exist in the play GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA.

2. Research and discuss two or three famous love triangles (for example: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and Eddie Fisher or Lady Diana, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles). Include why you think love triangles develop, whether they are harmful to the participants and if they ever work out well.

3. Answer the following in an essay: Could you ever see yourself caught in a love triangle? How would you respond if that did happen to you? Do you think a mutually-agreed-upon love triangle can work? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

In Act 3, Scene 1, Constance delivers a monologue, which is a dramatic devise. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. What is a monologue? Why would a playwright have a character deliver a monologue? Do you think monologues keep the audience attention as well as dialogue?

2. How many monologues are there in GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA? What is the purpose of two of those monologues? Are they effective?

3. If you were going to rewrite one of the longer monologues in GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA into dialogue, would you be able to impart as much information as in a monologue? Give an example of a monologue and what information in the monologue would be difficult to reveal in dialogue.

Essay Topic 3

One dramatic technique that opens and closes GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA is that of the Chorus. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Research the use of the Chorus both in Greek plays and Shakespeare's plays and compare the two uses.

2. Compare the use of the Chorus in GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA with how it is used in both Shakespeare's and Greek plays.

3. Do you think the Chorus adds or detracts from the play as a whole? Explain with examples.

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