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. Why does the second suitor choose to forgo the gold casket?

2. What does Portia offer to give to satisfy Antonio's debt to Shylock?

3. How does the second suitor to Portia treat her while Bassanio is sailing there?

4. Why does Solanio say the duke will not uphold the law?

5. Where does Portia's cousin live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Shylock forced to deed his property to, and why is Portia so happy about this?

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

3. How does a servant describe the young Venetian suitor who arrives to woo Portia?

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

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

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

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

8. Where does Shylock want to search for his daughter, and why is he not able to?

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Power and greed are two common themes in this play. Where do they appear and how do they differ in their manifestations?

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