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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the dominant tension in this scene?
(a) Between Clarnn and the soldiers.
(b) There is no real tension in this scene.
(c) Between Astolfo and Segismundo.
(d) Between the "old" Segismundo and the "new" one.

2. When Rosaura encounters Clotaldo, of what does she speak?
(a) Her dishonor and hatred of Astolfo.
(b) How much she likes Estrella.
(c) Of how to get Clarnn out of the tower prison.
(d) Her mother's pending death.

3. What are the two characters discussing?
(a) The sad situation of Segismundo.
(b) The retirement of the king.
(c) The drought and ruined crops.
(d) The rebellious riots.

4. How does Segismundo react to the soldiers' offer?
(a) Accepts it.
(b) Declines it.
(c) Suggest they make the offer to Clarnn.
(d) Says he will give his answer in a few days.

5. How is Clarnn addressed?
(a) Master.
(b) Prince.
(c) Scoundrel.
(d) King.

Short Answer Questions

1. How could Segismundo's status be described at the end of this scene?

2. What does Segismundo do to Clotaldo instead of the action suggested in question #119?

3. Segismundo's thinking about his "dream" and the new revelation it gives him about life, might be called what?

4. What does Clotaldo do upon leaving the tower?

5. Why is Clotaldo torn about helping Rosaura?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Clotaldo's actions in this scene give the audience a glimpse into a possible positive characteristic of the man?

2. How does Segismundo respond to the soldiers' errand?

3. What do you think Estrella's motives are in urging the king to personally go quell the rioting?

4. Does it seem odd that Clarnn is cast into prison even though several servants assisted the process of getting Segismundo back to the prison tower?

5. About what does Rosaura speak to Clotaldo?

6. Why has Clotaldo returned to the palace in such haste?

7. Does it seem likely that Segismundo would really believe Clotaldo when Clotaldo tells Segismundo he was just dreaming?

8. What is happening to Segismundo when this scene opens?

9. What is one of the key ideas of the play that comes up in Act 2, Scene 2?

10. What does Clotaldo reply when Segismundo bemoans his fate?

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