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 Shylock worried will happen during the masquerade?

2. Why is Antonio not worried about his wealth at the beginning of the play?

3. What does Bassanio ask the man he is getting the loan from to do in order to complete the loan process?

4. How does the guest at Belmont react when he sees what is in the casket he has chosen?

5. How does Launcelot tell Jessica about who is coming to her house the night of the masquerade?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bassanio ask of Antonio when they first meet in this play and how does Antonio respond?

2. Where is Shylock going on the night of the masquerade, and why?

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

4. What is Portia so upset about when she is first seen in this book?

5. What is the consequence of a suitor for Portia's hand choosing the wrong chest?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

There are many different symbols present in this play. What are these symbols and how does their presence alter the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 3

Sacrifice is a theme that was very prevalent in this play. Who are the characters most affected by this theme, and how do they allow sacrifice to change their lives?

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