Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Test | Final Test - Hard

Ann-Marie MacDonald
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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. Who is disgusted?

2. What does Constance think is the Gustav Manuscript?

3. Who comes through the vortex created by a page from the manuscript?

4. What does Tybalt carry away in triumph?

5. Who embraces and kisses Constance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe what happens when Desdemona and Juliet arrive at the crypt and stand near Constance.

3. 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?

4. What does the purpose of this brief scene (Act 3, Scene 3) seem to be?

5. Upon what deal do Juliet and Constance agree?

6. What is the irony of the scene where Juliet stands beneath Constance's balcony and woos her?

7. 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?

8. How is it again intimated that Constance is playing the role of the Fool?

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

10. What reason do Juliet and Desdemona give for being flat characters? Do you agree with the two women's assessment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The idea of authorship is an obvious theme in the play 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. What is the issue of authorship in the play? Give examples to illustrate your statements. Is this issue resolved?

2. Professor Night thanks Constance for her ghost writing much of his academic publications and allowing him to take credit for her contributions. Do you think this is honest on the Professor's part? Do you think he would be out of a job if his taking advantage of Constance were revealed? How often do you think Professors take credit for work done by their research assistants? Is this fair, considering the Professor is the one taking the time to supervise a graduate student? Would you be willing to ghost write for someone else and not receive credit for your work? What if you were well paid for doing so--would that make a difference?

3. Authorship is a broader issue in the play as several characters in a sense re-write their lives--particularly Desdemona, Juliet, and Constance. How do you think you author your own life? Are you writing your story the way you want it to play out? Can you change your story? Would you?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed essay using examples from the book as well as personal experience:

1. Define gender--first write your own definition and then find one from a respected dictionary. Are the two definitions the same? Similar? Very different? Give examples of "gender bending" in our culture of the 21st century. Does "gender bending" enhance or undermine our culture?

2. How is gender addressed in the play GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA? How does MacDonald "play" with issues of gender? What do you think is her purpose (or agenda) in doing so? Is she successful?

3. Who in the play do you think most successfully bends gender? Why? Cite specific examples.

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