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. What does the Chorus do before exiting?

2. What does Constance do during the handkerchief scene?

3. What does Iago give Desdemona as proof?

4. What does Desdemona do with the page from the Gustav Manuscript?

5. What can a fool do to a tragedy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Is Constance successful in changing OTHELLO from a tragedy and what might this mean for the Gustav Manuscript?

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

4. What information does the monologue deliver and what literary technique might this be?

5. What is happening as Constance arrives in Verona and what does she do about it?

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

7. What is the effect of Nurse's blank verse musings?

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

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

10. How does Othello punish Iago and is the punishment fitting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Act 3, Scene 6, the conversation between Constance and the ghost in the boneyard seems like two ships that pass in the night. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Explain the conversation between Constance and the ghost in the boneyard. What is satirical about it? Do you find it ironic? How so? Give specific examples.

2. What is a boneyard? What do you think is the significance of Constance having to pass through a boneyard to find the answer to her quest? Is the boneyard symbolic of something to Constance (whether she knows it or not)?

3. What is humorous about the ghost's appearance? Do you think this is a conscious effort at comic relief? What is comic relief? Do you see it appearing in other conversations with the ghost or the Chorus?

Essay Topic 3

In Act 3, Scene 7, Juliet admits she does not know the name of the author and determines to commit suicide in shame. . 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. Write an essay and include responses to the following questions: How many times does Juliet either threaten or attempt suicide? Is she ever serious? What is different about Juliet's suicidal tendencies in Goodnight Desdemona compared to Juliet's actual suicide in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? Why do you think the author focuses so much on Juliet's apparent fascination with suicide? How does this thread contribute to the plot? Does Juliet's suicidal tendencies in GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA help make the play a comedy versus her suicide in Romeo and Juliet which contributes to that play being a tragedy?

2. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for children ages 10-17; only car accidents claim more lives in that age range. Discuss why you think this may be true and what you think needs to or could be done to help change this statistic. Be sure to be specific and include any situations of which you have personal knowledge if you are comfortable doing so.

3. In Goodnight Desdemona, most readers would not expect Romeo to kill himself over any of his "true loves" (Juliet, Constance, or Desdemona). Discuss why this is true, giving examples, and what this reveals about Romeo's character in GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA.

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