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. Where is Constance?

2. What does Juliet try to do out of shame?

3. How is Romeo dressed?

4. What does Tybalt do with Romeo?

5. What does Desdemona want Constance to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. For whom is Constance searching at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 3 and why is this ironic?

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

8. How is Constance's return to her office with her head stuffed in a waste basket metaphorical?

9. Who does Desdemona spot and what does she do?

10. How does the author of this play satirize the real Romeo and Juliet fight scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 4, Scene 4, Tybalt watches on in disgust while both Romeo and Juliet throw themselves at Constance, whom both believe at this point to be a boy. 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 reason for Tybalt's disgust at the behavior of Romeo and Juliet? There are several possible reasons, so read this scene very carefully as well as Act 3, Scene 1 where Tybalt and Romeo first encounter Constance. Substantiate your stance with specific details from the text.

2. What do you think is the reason for the competition between Romeo and Juliet? Is it truly just because they are both smitten with Constance or is it an indication of underlying problems in their relationship which is just manifesting in this competition for Constance's affection? Elaborate on your ideas using specific examples from the text.

3. Juliet is just turning fourteen and Romeo is not much older than she. Is it reasonable to expect them to behave differently than they do? Which Romeo and Juliet are more believable--the two depicted in Shakespeare's play or the two depicted in Goodnight Desdemona?

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

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?

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