Life Is a Dream Test | Final 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. How does Segismundo reply to Clotaldo's lesson?

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

3. What might the idea of using a dream to convince Segismundo he has never left his cell be considered?

4. What does Segusmundo command at the end of this scene?

5. What characteristic of Rosaura's might prove a weakness?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Segismundo do to Clotaldo?

3. About what does Rosaura speak to Clotaldo?

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

5. 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?

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

7. When this scene opens what is happening with Clarnn?

8. How does Segismundo's treatment of Clotaldo reflect upon his future behavior if he gains the throne?

9. Why have the soldiers come to the tower prison?

10. How does Segismundo respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When King Basilio enters in Act 1, Scene 2, one of the topics upon which he expounds is that of Astrology.

Write an essay answering the following questions:

1. Do you believe astrology is a valid way to plan one's day/life?

2. How often do you read your daily astrological prediction and would you alter your plans based upon the daily chart? Why or why not.

3. If astrology were proven to be true and accurate, do you believe you could change your fate as predicted by the stars? How would you do so?

4. If science proved astrology to absolutely false, would you still read your daily advice from the astrology column in the newspaper? Why or why not. If you do not read the astrology column, why not?

Essay Topic 2

In Act 2, scene 2, a literary technique takes place called a narrative contrivance. Write a cohesive, coherent essay, answering the following, using detailed examples to illustrate your points.

1. Research and explain what a narrative contrivance is.

2. What is the most obvious narrative contrivance that takes place in this play?

3. Does this narrative contrivance work for you? Why or why not?

4. How might the author of this play used another way to deal with the narrative contrivance you have identified?

Essay Topic 3

In Act 3, Scene 1, Soldiers arrive at the prison tower and ask Segismundo to lead them in a rebellion against the king and his declaration of Asolfo and Estrella as joint heirs to the throne. Answer one of the following in a well-written essay using detailed examples from the book or other sources.

1. How often do you think a king or queen is overthrown by one is his/her children? What do you think are some of the reasons that a child overthrows his/her parent off a throne?

2. Would you be willing to depose your parent from the throne? Under what circumstances?

3. If you were the younger son/daughter and the older child was to inherit the throne but you knew he or she would be a murderous, tyrannous ruler, what would you do? Would you go so far as to have that sibling murdered?

4. Do you think the throne should be passed to the oldest child or to the child most able to rule? How would a parent decide who is most able?

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