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. How does Shylock plan to use the pound of flesh he will get from Antonio?

2. Where does Shylock want to search for his missing daughter?

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

4. What does Shylock say will happen to Jessica due to her betrayal?

5. What does Shylock accuse Solanio and Salarino of?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Security and safety were two themes that are touched on a number of times throughout the course of this play. What are some of these instances, and how do they affect the characters in these scenes?

Essay Topic 2

What were the inscriptions and contents of the three caskets and what significance do they play on the course of the plot?

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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