Much Ado about Nothing Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Claudio say is Benedick's reason for seeming more serious than usual?

2. Who wants to marry Hero?

3. What does the messenger tell Beatrice that he would never want to be after hearing her view of Benedick?

4. How is Margaret related to Hero?

5. Who does Don John want to witness the new plan to break up Claudio and Hero?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Don John so eager to punish Claudio in particular?

2. What does Leonato say about Benedick when he meets Benedick in the garden?

3. How does Leonato feel about the prospect of his daughter being wooed when he hears the reports from Antonio?

4. Who does Antonio think intends to pursue Hero as a love interest?

5. What do Claudio and Don Pedro talk about while Benedick is eavesdropping on their conversation in the orchard?

6. What does Don John say his real goal in life is?

7. Why do Hero and Ursula want Beatrice to hear the lies they are going to tell when they know Beatrice is listening?

8. How are Antonio and Leonato related?

9. What does Don John offer his men if a new plan to break up Claudio and Hero works?

10. What does Benedick say a woman has to have in order to induce him to marry her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hero endures many different trials before the end of the book. What are some of these trials and what lessons does she learn through these experiences?

Essay Topic 2

This play takes place in a few different settings. Describe some of these settings and how they affect the course of the plot. Why might Shakespeare have chosen these particular places for this plot to take place?

Essay Topic 3

Margaret 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, altered the outcome of the plot? What might happen differently if Margaret wasn't in the book at all?

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