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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 does Launcelot tease his father about when he sees him on the street?
(a) His bad jokes.
(b) His mismatched clothing.
(c) His lack of money or occupation.
(d) Not recognizing his own son.

2. Who does Shylock's daughter ask to deliver the letter she writes just before Bassanio leaves Venice?
(a) Gobbo.
(b) Lorenzo.
(c) Bassanio.
(d) Launcelot.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Shylock tell Launcelot he will not receive while working for his new master?

2. What does Gratiano say most lovers really love?

3. What does Lorenzo say Shylock's only way to Heaven will be?

4. Who does Launcelot tell Jessica is coming the night of the masquerade?

5. What is Antony concerned about at the beginning of the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the inscriptions on each of the caskets say?

2. What has caused the interest rates on loans to go down in Venice?

3. Why does Gratiano decide to not attend the masquerade he has been looking forward to?

4. What does Launcelot do when he sees his father on the streets?

5. What is Bassanio's response to the men who want to travel with him when he leaves Venice?

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

7. What is Jessica so ashamed of herself for?

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

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

10. What does Portia say to the Moroccan prince when he asks her to judge him by his beauty?

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