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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 does Constance think is the Gustav Manuscript?
3. What name does she think this person might really be?
4. What do Romeo and Juliet attend?
5. What does Constance ask a servant?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Constance learn about the scrolls and then decide to do?
2. What is Tybalt's reaction to Romeo and Juliet's fascination with Constance?
3. What do you think is the purpose of this very short scene?
4. 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?
5. What are Tybalt's last actions before he is no longer seen?
6. For whom is Constance searching at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 3 and why is this ironic?
7. How does the author of this play satirize the real Romeo and Juliet fight scene?
8. How often has Juliet changed her willingness for different sexual experiences? What does this say about Juliet?
9. What is significant about several objects that appear in Constance's office in the "real" world and also in the fantasy world of Verona and Cyprus?
10. How is the ghost's appearance in the boneyard typical of Shakespearean tragedy?
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
Feminism and woman's place in culture is addressed numerous times both overtly and subtly in Goodnight Desdemona. 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. Discuss the rampant sexism that Professor Night exhibits. How could Constance have stopped it? Do you think Constance will stand for Night's behavior after her experience as part of the two Shakespeare's dramas?
2. The academic world has had a notorious record and reputation for sexism in the past. Research sexism in the academic world (colleges) and write a brief history of the problem and evaluate whether you think it still exists today.
3. Discuss the sexism that is evident in the time of Shakespeare's plays in Verona and Cyprus. Cite specific examples and discuss why you think the examples you cite are sexism.
Essay Topic 3
In Act 3, Scene 9, Constance becomes exasperated with both Desdemona and Juliet, calling them unreasonable and dimensionless and both women agree they are flawed. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:
1. What is a flawed character? Is the trait different in a heroic character versus a villain? Does one assume a flaw in a villain but not necessarily in a hero?
2. How do you think Desdemona and Juliet are flawed characters? Do their flaws make them less "flat"? Are there flaws serious enough to keep them from being defined as heroines?
3. Do you think the flaws in the male characters are similar or different from those in Desdemona and Juliet? Explain using specific examples.
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