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. What does Barabas's home become?

2. What does Barabas call his daughter when talking to Lodowick at the slave market?

3. Who refuses the Spanish visitor's request when he comes to Malta?

4. Where did several of Marlowe's plays take place?

5. What does Barabas's character represent?

Short Essay Questions

1. Every nun at the nunnery died. How are some ways one might have lived?

2. How does Barabas die?

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

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

5. Why do you think Del Bosca suggest writing to his king, considering how long it would take for a reply?

6. What do Machevill and Barabas have in common?

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

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

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

10. Why does Barabas lose his money and his home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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