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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what way has Shakespeare outdone Marlowe with Aaron the Moor?
(a) He is more hateful than Barabas.
(b) He is more compassionate than Barabas.
(c) He is more believable than Barabas.
(d) He is more outrageous than Barabas.

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

3. What did Shakespeare create with pain, in Bloom's interpretation?
(a) Memory.
(b) Poetry.
(c) History.
(d) Culture.

4. In what way did Shakespeare make progress as he wrote his plays?
(a) By incorporating his characters' lives and times in their actions.
(b) By developing his characters' personalities.
(c) By illuminating his characters' pasts.
(d) By fulfilling his characters' desires.

5. What does Bloom say writers began to write after Shakespeare?
(a) Characters with inner lives.
(b) Tragicomedies.
(c) History plays.
(d) Characters who lived a world with modern weaponry.

6. Whom do Antipholus and Dromio discover when they arrive in Ephesus, in "Comedy of Errors"?
(a) Their wives.
(b) Their servants.
(c) Their master.
(d) Their long lost twins.

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

8. 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.

9. What doe G. K. Chesterton say Rosalind is seeking in the woods?
(a) Her adult self.
(b) Her father.
(c) Her lover.
(d) Her masculine self.

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

11. How does Bloom characterize characters like Hamlet and Falstaff?
(a) Pure fiction.
(b) Creations of language itself.
(c) Purely literary.
(d) Larger than life.

12. What does Feste do to Malvolio?
(a) Idealize.
(b) Thwart.
(c) Torment.
(d) Admire.

13. Where does Shakespeare use the themes of "Two Gentlemen of Verona", in Bloom's interpretation?
(a) "Hamlet".
(b) "Love's Labour's Lost".
(c) "The Tempest".
(d) "All's Well That Ends Well".

14. How does Bloom characterize the marriage between Beatrice and Benedick?
(a) Ideal.
(b) Sufficient.
(c) Pragmatic.
(d) Flawed.

15. What does Bloom say characterizes the play "Julius Caesar"?
(a) Virtue.
(b) Ambiguity.
(c) Heroism.
(d) Morality.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bloom describes a Nietzschean tendency toward what, in "Twelfth Night"?

2. What complicates the action of "Two Gentlemen of Verona", according to Bloom?

3. What upsets Bloom about the ending of "The Merchant of Venice"?

4. What does Bloom say is King John's biggest problem?

5. Which critic is NOT a 'romantic' critic?

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