The Merchant of Venice Test | Final 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 does Jessica say about Portia when Lorenzo asks her what she thinks of Portia?

2. What does Nerissa plan to get from her husband before returning home with Portia?

3. What does the Duke tell Shylock he expects Shylock to do?

4. What does Launcelot tell Jessica he is worried about her for?

5. What is Nerissa disguised as while she is in Venice with Portia?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nerissa plan to get from her husband before returning to Belmont with Portia?

2. What announcement does Gratiano make after Bassanio chooses the correct casket?

3. What does Shylock tell Solanio and Salarino he will do with the pound of flesh he gets from Antonio, and why?

4. Why is Antonio so certain that the Duke will uphold the contract between him and Shylock?

5. What does Shylock refuse to allow in the courtroom as Antonio gives his pound of flesh, and why?

6. How does Antonio try to smooth things over when Portia hears that Bassanio gave his ring away?

7. What does Portia tell Nerissa after they leave Belmont?

8. Why are Salarino and Solanio so worried about Antonio when Shylock realizes his daughter has run away?

9. What does Portia do when she finds out Bassanio gave his ring away, and how does Bassanio react to this?

10. What does Lorenzo ask Jessica about Portia, and how does she respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which character do you relate with the most in this play? Why is this? How does this character change throughout the play?

Essay Topic 2

Mercy and justice are two themes that play a huge role in this play. Where are these themes present and which characters are most affected by them?

Essay Topic 3

Love is a theme that is displayed by a few different relationships. Choose two of these relationships and compare and contrast these relationships with each other.

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