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. Who does Barabas enlist to retrieve his money from its hiding place?

2. What do the duelists' parent have in common?

3. What is the name of the prostitute?

4. Who does the governor ask for physical assistance against the Turks?

5. What does the prostitute's male friend have when they first converse in the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Pilia-Borza and Bellamira decide after Ithamore tells them about Barabas's murders?

2. In Act 1, Scene 1, identify and give examples of Barabas's most outstanding characteristic.

3. Why does Ferneze tell Calymath of Barabas's plan to kill Calymath?

4. What does Ferneze do when Pilia-Borza and Bellamira reveal Barabas's murders and Ithamore's involvement?

5. How does Barabas enlist his daughter Abigail to help retrieve his hidden gold?

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

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

8. What is Ferneze's motivation for accepting help from the Spanish?

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

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

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

This play demonstrates the strife of religious differences, yet often these differences are overlooked to further a plan for wealth or power. Chose three instances in the play where religious differences are overlooked by the participants of a plot. Consider these points when writing:

1. The religions of those agreeing to plot together.

2. Former statements or actions used by individual plotters against the religion of those he is plotting with.

3. The individual motives that overcame a difference of religion that resulted in unexpected cooperation.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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