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 occupation does Portia's cousin hold?

2. What does Lorenzo praise Portia for after Bassanio leaves Belmont?

3. What does Launcelot do when he leaves the room after being scolded by Lorenzo at Portia's house?

4. What does Antonio receive after Shylock is accused of threatening his life?

5. What does Antonio think Shylock hates him for while he is in prison?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What cheers Shylock while he is so upset about his daughter running away with a Christian?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How is the theme of diversity shown in this play, and which characters are most affected by this?

Essay Topic 3

How does the relationship between Portia and Bassanio change throughout the course of the play and how do these changes affect the characters around them?

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