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 do Borachio and Don John discuss after hearing about Hero's match with Claudio?

2. Who does Hero say has asked her to tell Beatrice of Benedick's love for her while Beatrice eavesdrops?

3. How does Don John stand to benefit from the new plan to break up Claudio and Hero?

4. What does Hero say she noticed about Don John at the beginning of Act 2?

5. Why does Hero say it will be so easy to make Beatrice believe Benedick loves her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Beatrice say would make up the perfect man?

2. How are Antonio and Leonato related?

3. What joke does Leonato make when Don Pedro asks about Hero being his daughter?

4. What do Ursula and Hero plan to talk about when they know Beatrice is listening?

5. What is Benedick's excuse for his odd behavior when he meets with Leonato in the garden?

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

7. What does Leonato warn Beatrice will keep her from ever finding a husband?

8. What does Borachio plan to ask Margaret after the party at Leonato's house?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Despair is a theme that is placed in a number of sensitive places in this plot. What are some of these places, and what role does despair play in the story?

Essay Topic 2

Betrayal is a theme introduced at the very beginning of this play. How does this constant stream of betrayal affect the outcome of the plot, and which characters are most affected by it?

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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