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. Where is the man approaching the prostitute and her friend coming from?

2. What does Barabas says he will do if he doesn't recover his money?

3. Where does Abigail appear to Barabas at the nunnery?

4. What does the governor confide to the vice-admiral?

5. What does Barabas decide once Abigail has left his house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Ferneze tell the bashaw when he comes to collect the tribute?

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

6. After becoming the new governor, what deal does Barabas make with Ferneze?

7. Why do you think Ithamore says he hopes Barabas will pay him for delivering the message?

8. Why doesn't Abigail tell the friar the complete reason she wants to convert?

9. Why do you think Barabas watches the duel?

10. How do you think Ithamore feels about delivering poisoned porridge to the nuns?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Barabas states he would rather be dead than poor. What words or actions of Barabas support his statement?

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

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.

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