The Merchant of Venice Test | Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Antonio plead for mercy from?

2. Who is present when Shylock realizes his daughter is gone?

3. What is the name of the young lawyer who has come to Venice to help the Duke make a ruling on the case?

4. Which casket does the second suitor choose?

5. Who does Bassanio introduce Portia to when he returns to Belmont from Venice?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Nerissa is a minor character whose presence makes a big difference in the plot. How does she accomplish this? What are some ways that her presence, however brief, alters the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if Nerissa had not been in the play at all?

Essay Topic 3

There are many different symbols present in this play. What are these symbols and how does their presence alter the course of the plot?

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