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 takes the disguised Nerissa to Shylock's house to collect his deed?

2. What does Shylock accuse Solanio and Salarino of?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is Shylock denied the money that Antonio first offered him in lieu of the pound of flesh?

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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