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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Bloom say is the purpose of Falstaff's philosophizing?
(a) Amusement.
(b) Persuasion.
(c) Self-reflection.
(d) Self-protection.

2. Which critic does Bloom say was overwhelmed by Caesar?
(a) Hazlitt.
(b) Ben Jonson.
(c) Samuel Johnson.
(d) T. S. Eliot.

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

4. How does Bloom characterize Shylock?
(a) As a buffoon.
(b) As evil incarnate.
(c) As a comic villain.
(d) As a diminutive Barabas.

5. Who claims that Shakespeare invented the human personality?
(a) Samuel Johnson.
(b) Harold Bloom.
(c) Hamlet.
(d) T. S. Eliot.

6. To what philosopher does Bloom compare Falstaff?
(a) Nietzsche.
(b) Alcibiades.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Plato.

7. How does Bloom characterize "Two Gentlemen of Verona"?
(a) As convoluted.
(b) As inaccurate.
(c) As weak.
(d) As fantasy.

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

9. What gets better as the king's fate gets worse in "Richard II"?
(a) The king's heart.
(b) The king's insight.
(c) The king's poetry.
(d) The king's patience.

10. In what way does Bloom say Shakespeare departs from Marlowe's precursor "The Jew of Malta"?
(a) The Jew is more monstrous.
(b) The Christians are as vicious as the Jew.
(c) The play is more overtly anti-Semitic.
(d) The Jews are more caricaturist.

11. What does Bloom say "Love's Labor's Lost" has in common with other plays?
(a) Mixing of social classes.
(b) Surprising twists and turns.
(c) Heroes brought low and villains elevated.
(d) Love winning out against the odds.

12. To what later character does Bloom connect Brutus from "Julius Caesar"?
(a) Caliban.
(b) Iago.
(c) Macbeth.
(d) Regan and Goneril.

13. Who is Berowne pitted against in "Love's Labor's Lost"?
(a) Moth.
(b) Rosaline.
(c) The Princess.
(d) Armando.

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

15. Who is Queen Mab, according to Bloom?
(a) Mercutio's wife.
(b) The whore Mab.
(c) The powerful mobs of London.
(d) Queen Elizabeth I.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what way did Shakespeare make progress as he wrote his plays?

2. What quality endears Faulconbridge to Bloom?

3. What do writers tend toward, after Shakespeare, according to Bloom?

4. How does Bloom characterize "Julius Caesar"?

5. What quality do Faulconbridge and Hamlet have in common, according to Bloom?

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