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. Who does Portia leave in charge of her house when she leaves?

2. Who do Jessica and Lorenzo pretend to be while they are left alone at Portia's house?

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

4. What does Portia threaten to do when she hears Bassanio has given away his ring?

5. Who does Nerissa marry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is Launcelot so worried about Jessica, and what does he think her only hope is?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain the term of a "pound of flesh" and what significance it plays in this story-line. Where does it appear, and which characters are most affected by it?

Essay Topic 3

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

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