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. Why does Shylock hate Antonio?

2. What does Lorenzo say he will be doing on the night of the masquerade?

3. How does Portia react when she sees what is in the casket chosen by the guest at Belmont?

4. Which casket does the guest at Belmont choose while Bassanio is sailing there?

5. What did Portia's father want to determine through his test of chests?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What must a suitor do in order to win Portia's hand in marriage?

8. Why does Shylock hate Antonio?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Security and safety were two themes that are touched on a number of times throughout the course of this play. What are some of these instances, and how do they affect the characters in these scenes?

Essay Topic 2

This play takes place in a few different settings. Describe some of these settings and how they affect the course of the plot. Why might Shakespeare have chosen these particular places?

Essay Topic 3

Betrayal is a theme introduced near the very beginning of this play. How does this constant stream of betrayal affect the outcome of the plot and which characters are most affected by it?

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