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. How does Barabas's accomplice gain access to where the money is hidden?

2. What does Abigail tell the friar she's been thinking about?

3. What does the second merchant tell Barabas?

4. Why does Mathias's mother not like Jews?

5. When Abigail decides to remove herself permanently from her father's household, what does she leave for her father?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Barabas get the money hidden in the nunnery?

3. How does Barabas escape prison?

4. Why is Friar Jacomo accused of killing Friar Bernardine?

5. What does Barabas calling Abigail his star shining in the east imply?

6. What was the letter delivered to Ithamore?

7. What how does Barabas react when the friars confront him about the deaths of Mathias and Lodowick?

8. What does the prologue reveal about Marlowe's ability as a playwright?

9. What is unusual about Ferneze and Katherine working together to discover who instigated the duel?

10. What does Abigail think of her father when she learns he is responsible for the deaths of Mathias and Lodowick?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ferenze demands half the money of all the Jews and their conversion to Catholicism. Explain the reasons Ferneze made this demand of the Jews in particular and the reasons the Jews comply.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Ferneze agrees to relinquish control of Malta to the Spanish. From Ferneze's words, actions, or direct implications in the play, how does he justify this decision?

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