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 is the vice-admiral of the Spanish navy?

2. How did Barabas arrange for the duel?

3. What does Ithamore say happened because of the letters?

4. What does his slave tell Barabas about himself?

5. Who is the prostitute's male friend?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the prologue reveal about Marlowe's personal life?

3. What is Martin del Bosco's motivation for offering help to Malta?

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

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

6. What does it say about Barabas that Pilia-Borza found his gold?

7. What was the letter delivered to Ithamore?

8. What does Abigail say to Friar Bernardine?

9. Why is Bellamira broke?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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

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