The Merchant of Venice Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is inside the casket chosen by the guest at Belmont?

2. Where are the rules for Portia's suitors listed?

3. Who does Launcelot want to work for?

4. Why does Shylock hate Antonio?

5. What is Shylock worried will happen during the masquerade?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Moroccan prince look like when he is first seen on stage?

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

3. What does Portia offer to do when they hear of Antonio's misfortune, and what does Jessica say about this plan?

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

5. What does Shylock tell his daughter to do during the masquerade?

6. What does Lorenzo praise Portia for after Bassanio leaves for Venice and how does Portia respond?

7. What is found in the silver casket and how does the Prince respond to this?

8. Who asks to travel with Bassanio when he leaves Venice and why?

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

10. What does Lorenzo say is the only way Shylock will go to Heaven?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Friendship is a strong theme throughout the play. Where are some places that this theme appears, and how do the characters touched by it react? How do certain friendships change over the course of the play, and what causes these changes?

Essay Topic 2

The characters in this play all had their own goals and motivations. Select four characters and write about their main motivations and how this goal affects the characters around them.

Essay Topic 3

Valor was a theme of this play that is very important to many of the characters involved. Where does this theme of valor present itself and how do these occurrences affect the characters involved in those scenes?

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