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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does The Moroccan Prince think Portia does not like about him?
(a) His ego.
(b) His reputation.
(c) His dark skin.
(d) His clothing.

2. What religion does Shylock's daughter follow?
(a) Muslim.
(b) Jewish.
(c) Christian.
(d) Puritan.

3. Who of the following is not a merchant in Venice?
(a) Solanio.
(b) Salarino.
(c) Bassanio.
(d) Antonio.

4. What is Jessica holding when she arrives at the masquerade?
(a) A purse.
(b) A box.
(c) A gift bag.
(d) A dress.

5. What does Launcelot do that breaks up the discussion about the masquerade?
(a) Brings news that the ball is cancelled.
(b) Tells jokes.
(c) Announces that Bassanio is leaving Venice earlier than expected.
(d) Delivers a letter.

6. What does Portia really not like about the Moroccan Prince?
(a) His clothing.
(b) His reputation.
(c) His dark skin.
(d) His ego.

7. What religion does Shylock's daughter want to follow?
(a) Christian.
(b) Muslim.
(c) Puritan.
(d) Jewish.

8. When does Gratiano say love tends to wane?
(a) After the committment is made.
(b) After marriage.
(c) After the gleam wears off.
(d) After consummation.

9. How is Jessica dressed when she arrives at the masquerade?
(a) As a servant.
(b) As a queen.
(c) In a flowing gown and intricate mask.
(d) As a page.

10. Why is Launcelot leaving Venice?
(a) He has business over seas.
(b) He fears Shylock has figured out his plans with his daughter.
(c) He has a shipment to watch over.
(d) He is now employed by Bassanio.

11. What does Bassano demand of the man who begs to go on the journey with Bassanio?
(a) A contract.
(b) His cooking skills.
(c) His best behavior.
(d) Half the cost of using the ship.

12. What is inside the casket chosen by the guest at Belmont?
(a) A picture of a fool.
(b) A skull and a poem.
(c) Two wedding rings.
(d) A picture of Portia.

13. Where is Bassanio heading to after speaking with Gratiano?
(a) London.
(b) Rome.
(c) Belmont.
(d) France.

14. What does Lorenzo say he is saving the woman he loves from?
(a) Her Jewish heritage.
(b) Her boredom.
(c) Her father.
(d) Her poverty.

15. What is Antony concerned about at the beginning of the play?
(a) A loan he just took out.
(b) His melancholy.
(c) His mother.
(d) His merchandise.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Shylock hate Antonio?

2. What is Launcelot's occupation?

3. Why does Bassanio need to borrow something from Antonio at the beginning of the book?

4. What do Portia's suitors have to choose from in order to win her hand in marriage?

5. Whose arrival is announced at the end of the second scene?

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