The Jew of Malta Test | Mid-Book 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. When was The Jew of Malta first performed?

2. Which duelist is Ferneze's son?

3. What is the name of the prostitute?

4. Who approaches the prostitute and her friend while they are talking?

5. Is Barabas concerned about losing his hidden money?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Katherine object to Mathias speaking to Barabas?

2. What does Ferneze suggest to Katherine that they do with the bodies of their sons?

3. Do you believe Barabas would really rather die than be poor?

4. How does Barabas die?

5. Why does Barabas object to Mathias as a suitor for Abigail?

6. How does Barabas's reaction to Abigail's departure show his selfishness?

7. Do you believe Bellamira was interested in Ithamore as a customer or as a man?

8. How does Barabas react to Pilia-Borza, Bellamira, and Ithamore's blackmail?

9. When Barabas first appears in the play, how does he feel about politics?

10. What does Ithamore's reaction to the death of Mathias and Lodowick say about him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this play, Barabas's character is representative of Catholic's feelings towards and stereotyping of Judaism in Malta. Write an essay stating the Maltese Catholic's general attitude towards Jews using specific examples from the play to support your generalizations.

Essay Topic 2

Intricate planning has been a theme in this play. Choose three plans from any scene (only one of Barabas's plans) and tell how they were necessary to advance the story. Consider these points when writing:

1. The roles of the characters involved.

2. The previous action that invoked the plan.

3. How the plan's outcome advanced the story.

Essay Topic 3

As a slave, Ithamore, has been used throughout the play. Document each event of how Ithamore's life has been manipulated. Choose two of those events and explain the motivations and outcomes of those events. How did the events affect Ithamore and those other characters involved?

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