The Jew of Malta Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the story, what are Barabas's attitudes about wealth when he considers

1. Himself.

2. Other people.

3. Material possessions.

4. Power.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the point of view of the Spanish in Act 1, Scene 2 and answer these questions.

1. Why should it be Spain's responsibility to protect Malta?

2. How are the self-interests of Spain satisfied by protecting Malta?

3. How would Spain generally benefit from defeating the Turks?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Ferneze go to the Jews and not another source or sources to get the tribute money demanded by the Turks?

Essay Topic 4

Support three reasons why Abigail agrees to lie and enter the convent to retrieve her father's gold.

Essay Topic 5

Do you think Abigail's agreement to lie for her father will begin her corruption? Why or why not? Support your answer from the text of the play.

Essay Topic 6

Barabas states he would rather be dead...

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