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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What charge does Bloom defend the faeries in "Midsummer Night's Dream" from?
(a) That they are archetypes.
(b) That they are super-human.
(c) That they are arbitrary.
(d) That they are proto-human.

3. Who is the center of the subplot in "Twelfth Night"?
(a) Orsini.
(b) Olivia.
(c) Cesario.
(d) Malvolio.

4. Who whom does Bloom compare Beatrice and Benedick from "Much Ado About Nothing"?
(a) The lovers in "Love's Labor's Lost".
(b) Orlando and Rosalind in "As You Like It".
(c) "Romeo and Juliet".
(d) Regan and Goneril in "King Lear".

5. To whom does Bloom compare Puck unfavorably?
(a) Prospero.
(b) Falstaff.
(c) Caliban.
(d) Hamlet.

6. What is Richard III's most famous line?
(a) To be or not to be.
(b) A rose by any other name would be as sweet.
(c) My kingdom for a horse.
(d) Is this a dagger I see before me?

7. Who does Julia look for, while she is disguised?
(a) Proteus.
(b) Proteus' dog.
(c) Valentine.
(d) Silvia.

8. Who does Bloom say influenced his view of Shakespeare?
(a) Nietzsche.
(b) Emerson.
(c) Eliot.
(d) Frost.

9. How does Bloom characterize the character of Richard III?
(a) A monstrosity.
(b) A lamentable error.
(c) A parody of himself.
(d) A distortion of history.

10. Who is Faulconbridge's father?
(a) Richard the Lion Hearted.
(b) King Arthur.
(c) King John.
(d) Henry VI.

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

12. What do writers tend toward, after Shakespeare, according to Bloom?
(a) Political visions.
(b) Oedipal urges.
(c) Sadomasochism.
(d) Self-reflection.

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

14. For what reason does Hal curse Falstaff in "Henry IV"?
(a) For corrupting his youth.
(b) For debasing his character.
(c) For losing the throne for him.
(d) For inconsistency.

15. What play does Bloom say "Henry VI" resembles?
(a) Doctor Faustus.
(b) 'Tis Pity She's a Whore.
(c) The Tempest.
(d) Tamberlaine the Great.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what way does Bloom say Shakespeare departs from Marlowe's precursor "The Jew of Malta"?

2. What quality has made "Julius Caesar" a favorite of the school curriculum?

3. What is Moth's role in "Love's Labor's Lost"?

4. Who dominates the "The Merchant of Venice", according to Bloom?

5. What is Berowne's narcissism opposed by?

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