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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Jessica hope her father will lose on the night of the masquerade?
(a) A daughter.
(b) Some money.
(c) A friend.
(d) A business deal.

2. Where will Shylock be when his daughter attends the masquerade?
(a) At a worship service.
(b) On a business trip.
(c) Sleeping.
(d) Dining out.

3. What has lowered the interest rates on loans in Venice?
(a) Generous lending.
(b) Late payments.
(c) Unexpected poverty.
(d) War.

4. What does the money lender want if the loan that Bassanio needs cannot be repaid?
(a) A portion of Antonio's company.
(b) A promise that Antonio will never touch his daughter.
(c) A signed deed of Antnio's land.
(d) A pound of flesh.

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

6. Who is Shylock's daughter sad to see leave?
(a) Bassanio.
(b) Gilroy.
(c) Launcelot.
(d) Shylock.

7. Who is Bassanio in love with?
(a) Portia.
(b) Pattea.
(c) Placius.
(d) Prenatia.

8. Why does Gratiano not attend the masquerade?
(a) He does not want to be seen with Jessica.
(b) He falls suddenly ill.
(c) He is summoned to help Antonio.
(d) Bassanio sets sail when the wind changes.

9. What is the name of Shylock's daughter?
(a) Jessica.
(b) Jaslene.
(c) Josilyn.
(d) Jennifer.

10. Why does Gratiano say Jessica is not a true Jew?
(a) She is generous with her money.
(b) She is in love with a Christian.
(c) She eats pork.
(d) She is too nice.

11. What will the correct suitor find inside the correct item in order to win Portia's hand in marriage?
(a) Wedding rings.
(b) The key to the master bedroom.
(c) A marriage certificate.
(d) Portia's picture.

12. What does the inscription on the gold casket say it holds?
(a) What he deserves.
(b) A joy beyond all measure.
(c) A risky investment.
(d) What many men want.

13. Which casket does the guest at Belmont choose while Bassanio is sailing there?
(a) The silver casket.
(b) The brass casket.
(c) The gold casket.
(d) The lead casket.

14. What does Bassanio need to borrow from Antonio at the beginning of the book?
(a) Clothing.
(b) A ship.
(c) Money.
(d) Lodging.

15. What physical ailment does Launcelot's father have?
(a) Deafness.
(b) Lameness.
(c) Blindness.
(d) Baldness.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Jessica dressed when she arrives at the masquerade?

2. What did one of Portia's suitors have too much fondness for?

3. What religion does Antonio follow?

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

5. Who does Lorenzo love?

(see the answer keys)

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