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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. How is Romeo dressed?
2. What are the scrolls?
3. Who spies the person climbing the balcony?
4. What does Juliet want first?
5. Who interrupts Constance's singing?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Desdemona's response to Romeo revelation that he is a man? Do you think the Desdemona of Shakespeare's tragedy, Othello, would have said something like this?
2. What is Juliet's response to learning of Constance's true gender?
3. How many ways has Juliet considered or attempted suicide in this scene? Why do you think this is so?
4. How are the three women, Desdemona, Juliet, and Constance, different and what is the same about them?
5. What is Tybalt's reaction to Romeo and Juliet's fascination with Constance?
6. How is the ghost's appearance in the boneyard typical of Shakespearean tragedy?
7. How is Constance's return to her office with her head stuffed in a waste basket metaphorical?
8. There are two different actions by characters that strongly suggest a theme of homosexuality; what are those actions? Do you think either of the characters are actually homosexual?
9. What do you think is the purpose of this very short scene?
10. Describe what happens when Desdemona and Juliet arrive at the crypt and stand near Constance.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Homosexuality is a prominent theme in the Scenes that take place in Verona. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. Do you believe any of the characters in this play are actually homosexual? Who? Why do you believe so? If not, why not? Support your statements with specific detail from the text.
2. Do you believe this play is homophobic or accepting of homosexuality? Explain your statements with specific examples.
3. Would it make any difference as to how you interpret the homosexual theme if you knew that the author is a publicly self-proclaimed lesbian? How would that change the way you interpreted the homosexual overtones?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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