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 Nerissa marry?

2. What does Portia make Lorenzo and Jessica promise when she returns from Venice?

3. How much money did Jessica spend in one night?

4. What did Jessica do with her mother's ring?

5. Why has Bassanio left Portia just after winning the right to marry her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Shylock hope will happen before Antonio is made to pay his pound of flesh?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Friendship is a strong theme throughout the play. Where are some places that this theme appears, and how do the characters touched by it react? How do certain friendships change over the course of the play, and what causes these changes?

Essay Topic 3

Which character do you relate with the most in this play? Why is this? How does this character change throughout the play?

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