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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 name does she think this person might really be?
2. What does Juliet finally admit to Constance?
3. Who is shouting for vengeance from outside?
4. What do Desdemona and Juliet say about themselves?
5. What is the purpose of this very short scene?
Short Essay Questions
1. The ideal of females, especially upper-class females during the time of the setting of Romeo and Juliet is that woman know nothing about sex and are virginal until marriage and then "endure" their husband's needs. Does Juliet seem to fit this description?
2. What does Juliet theorize is Constance's predication towards homosexuality? Do you agree?
3. What are Tybalt's last actions before he is no longer seen?
4. How is Constance's return to her office with her head stuffed in a waste basket metaphorical?
5. What reason do Juliet and Desdemona give for being flat characters? Do you agree with the two women's assessment?
6. How are the three women, Desdemona, Juliet, and Constance, different and what is the same about them?
7. 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?
8. Why does Constance pounce on a Servant walking by?
9. How many ways has Juliet considered or attempted suicide in this scene? Why do you think this is so?
10. How does the author of this play satirize the real Romeo and Juliet fight scene?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are a number of actions and objects that represent something else, i.e., they are symbolic. . 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. One of the most overtly symbolic actions is when Romeo and Juliet pull the turtle in half in Act 3, Scene 2. What are a couple possible things this action symbolizes? Is this symbolic action (the pulling in half of a live animal) "over the top?" Could this symbolic action have been represented in a less gruesome way, or would that have diminished the impact of the action?
2. Find three other symbols or symbolic actions and give a brief account of them and what they represent. (for example: the diamond necklace Othello gives Constance or the gold pen at the end of the drama).
3. Why do writers use symbols or symbolic actions? How does it add to the depth or coherence of a piece of literature? Give some examples of symbols in a piece of literature or film and explain what they mean to you and if they are effective for conveying meaning.
Essay Topic 2
The topic of alchemy both opens and closes GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. What is alchemy? When was it "invented" and who are some famous alchemists? Does any part of the old ideas of alchemy exist today?
2. What is the Philosopher's Stone? How is it used in the play? Do you see the Philosopher's Stone as a metaphor? For what? Give specific examples.
3. Alchemy has also been taken as a spiritual metaphor of changing base (corrupt) humanity into spiritual (incorruptible) beings. Do you think this idea is part of the alchemy in this play? Who is being changed? Why? Give specific examples.
Essay Topic 3
Another figurative "alchemical process" takes place as Constance attempts to turn Shakespearean tragedies into farcical comedies. 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. Define tragedy and comedy as it relates to the genre of drama. What are their similarities and differences? Do tragedies have a different purpose from comedies? What? Do you prefer to watch a tragedy or comedy? Explain why.
2. Where does Constance first mention the possibility of the tragedies becoming comedies? Do you as a reader think she is right? Why would she want to change the nature of the plays? Do you think Othello and Romeo and Juliet are more interesting as tragedies or comedies? Why?
3. What is the means that Constance thinks will change the tragedies of ROMEO AND JULIET and OTHELLO into a comedy? Do you think she is successful in her attempt? Give specific examples. Does Constance herself think she is successful? Why or why not.
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