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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. Who wants to dine with Shylock the evening of the Masquerade?
(a) Antonio.
(b) Gratiano.
(c) Lorenzo.
(d) Bassanio.

2. How does Launcelot tell Jessica about who is coming to her house the night of the masquerade?
(a) He whispers to her.
(b) He gives her a note.
(c) He tells her in code.
(d) He yells it to her as he leaves.

3. Why has Shylock chosen to dine where he is on the night of the masquerade?
(a) To keep an eye on his competition.
(b) To take comfort with friends.
(c) To avoid the noise of the celebration.
(d) To spite Bassanio.

4. How does Shylock's daughter know Launcelot?
(a) He has been courting her.
(b) He is a very popular figure in the area.
(c) He does business often with her father.
(d) He was her father's servant.

5. Who is late to the masquerade?
(a) Lorenzo.
(b) Bassanio.
(c) Shylock.
(d) Gratiano.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the guest at Belmont doing while Bassanio is sailing there?

2. Who is a guest at Belmont while Bassanio is sailing for it?

3. What does Launcelot want to do when he first appears on stage?

4. Who does Launcelot want to work for?

5. How much money will Antonio earn when his investments come to fruition?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jessica ask Launcelot to do before he leaves Venice?

2. Who is Bassanio in love with, and what must he do to woo her?

3. Why does Shylock say it is so brave of Antonio to guarantee a loan for Bassanio at this time?

4. How did Portia feel when the Prince of Morocco chose the wrong Casket?

5. Which casket does the Prince of Morocco choose, and what is found inside it?

6. Who does Jessica want to marry, and why would her father oppose of this?

7. What does Jessica say she hopes will happen as her father leaves the house on the night of the masquerade?

8. What does Shylock ask for if Antonio defaults on the loan for Bassanio?

9. What reason did the Moroccan prince give for choosing the casket he chose?

10. How does Shylock react when he hears that Launcelot has chosen to find new employment with Bassanio?

(see the answer keys)

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