Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Test | Final 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 is the purpose of this very short scene?

2. How is Juliet dressed while standing below Constance's balcony?

3. What does Tybalt do with Romeo?

4. What does Constance think is the Gustav Manuscript?

5. In what city is Constance?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Juliet theorize is Constance's predication towards homosexuality? Do you agree?

2. What do you think is the purpose of this very short scene?

3. What is Juliet's response to learning of Constance's true gender?

4. What is humorous about the ghost's appearance?

5. How often has Juliet changed her willingness for different sexual experiences? What does this say about Juliet?

6. Why does Constance pounce on a Servant walking by?

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. 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. How does cross dressing become a theme in this sexually-loaded scene?

10. What is Tybalt's reaction to Romeo and Juliet's fascination with Constance?

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

GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA belongs to the genre of drama. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. What do you think is the definition of drama? Write out your definition and then look up the definition in a literary dictionary. How similar are the two definitions?

2. Drama is written with the intention that it will be performed. How do you think this influences the manner in which the plot unfolds, the dialogue, the set complexity, the number of characters, and the length?

3. Compare GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA to a short story. What are the differences? The similarities? Which do you enjoy reading the most?

Essay Topic 3

In Act 2, Scene 2, Constance unwittingly inserts herself as the Wise Fool into the drama of Othello. Answer the following questions in a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Define what is meant by the dramatic use of the Wise Fool. Give several examples that you learn from your research.

2. Describe how Constance fills the role of the fool in Act 2, Scene 2. Give specific examples.

2. Would you call her actions as that of a "wise" fool or just plain foolish? Why or why not?

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