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 everybody wear to the ball at the beginning of Act 2?

2. What does Benedick tell Beatrice she has when they first converse together in this play?

3. How does Benedick speak to Beatrice when they meet in the orchard?

4. Why does Hero say Beatrice will never love anyone while Beatrice is eavesdropping?

5. Why does Beatrice say she will not go to hell for not marrying like the Bible says?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Benedick say about Hero when Claudio tells him that he has fallen in love with her?

2. What does Benedick think about while his servant is fetching his book?

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

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

5. What does Claudio say he will do if the news Don John brought him turns out to be true?

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

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

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

9. What news does Don John bring to Claudio and Don Pedro in the garden after they play their trick on Benedick?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many different characters in this play are persuaded to do things they would not do of their own accord. What are some of these instances, and how does persuasion affect the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 2

How does Benedick's relationship with Beatrice change over the course of the plot? What causes these changes, and what significance does this have to the outcome of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Shame and propriety are common themes throughout this book. What are some of the instances where these themes are present, and why are they so important to the characters involved?

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