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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Bloom say is the chief rival for each of the young lovers?
(a) Their lovers' nurses and friends.
(b) Their culture's mores.
(c) Death.
(d) Their parents.

2. How is Joan of Arc depicted in "Henry VI", in Bloom's account?
(a) As a sly, manipulative woman.
(b) As a whore/heroine.
(c) As a saint.
(d) As a maternal figure.

3. How does Bloom characterize Caesar?
(a) A caricature.
(b) A sacrificial character.
(c) A larger-than-life figure.
(d) A real person.

4. What quality do Faulconbridge and Hamlet have in common, according to Bloom?
(a) They are both sons of kings.
(b) They are both unsuccessful contenders for thrones.
(c) They are both paralyzed by doubts.
(d) They are both larger than life.

5. What book does Bloom compare Shakespeare's plays to, in measuring their influence on Western culture?
(a) Moby Dick.
(b) Paradise Lost.
(c) The Canterbury Tales.
(d) The Bible.

6. How does Bloom characterize the end of "Richard III"?
(a) Repetitive.
(b) Disorganized.
(c) Symphonic.
(d) Fulfilling.

7. How does the play resolve the tension between Oberon and Titania?
(a) They depart.
(b) They reconcile.
(c) They negotiate peace.
(d) They die.

8. What kinds of interpretations of "Midsummer Night's Dream" does Bloom say he resents?
(a) Interpretations that minimize the war of the sexes.
(b) Interpretations that turn the play into a dark spectacle.
(c) Interpretations that treat the play as a political drama.
(d) Interpretations that over-sexualize the play.

9. Who gets hurt in "Comedy of Errors"?
(a) Dr. Pinch.
(b) Dromio.
(c) Antipholus.
(d) Katherine.

10. Bloom describes a Nietzschean tendency toward what, in "Twelfth Night"?
(a) Play.
(b) Anarchy.
(c) Metaphor.
(d) Truth.

11. What are the men overcome by, in "Love's Labor's Lost"?
(a) War.
(b) Their own desires.
(c) Evil manipulations.
(d) Female wit.

12. What upsets Bloom about the ending of "The Merchant of Venice"?
(a) Shylock's forced conversion.
(b) Shylock's death.
(c) Shylock taking his pound of flesh.
(d) Shylock's default.

13. Where are Faulconbridge's speeches reflected?
(a) The Tempest.
(b) Hamlet.
(c) Shakespeare's sonnets.
(d) Henry IV.

14. What kind of play is "Taming of the Shrew"?
(a) Comedy.
(b) Farce.
(c) History.
(d) Tragedy.

15. How does Bloom characterize "Richard III"?
(a) Absurd.
(b) Successful.
(c) A spectacle.
(d) Improbable.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does C. L. Barber characterize "Twelfth Night"?

2. To whom does Bloom characterize Rosalind in "As You Like It"?

3. Who counters Richard II's character in "Richard II"?

4. To whom does Bloom compare Hamlet and Falstaff?

5. Who claims that Shakespeare invented the human personality?

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