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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. Why is Jessica afraid to do what is asked of her at the masquerade?
(a) She is afraid she will be rejected from the synogogue.
(b) She is not dressed appropriately.
(c) She is afraid her father will find out.
(d) She is afraid of what people will think of her.

2. How does the guest at Belmont react when he sees what is in the casket he has chosen?
(a) He leaves the scene quickly.
(b) He bursts into tears.
(c) He starts raving furiously.
(d) He laughs at the wit of Portia's father.

3. Who does Launcelot want to work for?
(a) Shylock.
(b) Portia.
(c) Bassanio.
(d) Antonio.

4. What new reason does Shylock have to hate Bassanio on the night of the masquerade?
(a) Launcelot is working for him now.
(b) He is not able to repay the loan he took out.
(c) He has been heard saying rude things about Shylock.
(d) Jessica wants to marry him.

5. What do the men lack for the upcoming masquerade?
(a) Partners.
(b) Masks.
(c) Torchbearers.
(d) Tickets.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why has Shylock chosen to dine where he is on the night of the masquerade?

2. What did the Moroccan Prince think many men desired?

3. How does Shylock's daughter know Launcelot?

4. Who is Launcelot's master?

5. Who does Shylock's daughter write a letter to before Bassanio leaves Venice?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lorenzo plan to do before the masquerade?

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

3. What do the men discussing the masquerade say they need for the ball?

4. How does Antonio feel at the beginning of the play and why?

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

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

7. Why does Shylock hate Antonio?

8. What is Jessica so ashamed of herself for?

9. How has Portia felt about some of her past suitors?

10. What does the letter Jessica wrote to Lorenzo say?

(see the answer keys)

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