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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does Bloom say Macbeth allows himself to pursue the crown?
(a) By lying to himself.
(b) By convincing himself of others' illegitimacy.
(c) By evilly plotting for his own power.
(d) By rationally defining his deserving.
2. How does Bloom say "Henry V" has been used in England?
(a) As a criticism of the French.
(b) As propaganda for the socialist state.
(c) As a patriotic statement.
(d) As anti-communist propaganda.
3. How does A. C. Bradley describe Cleopatra?
(a) As the strongest of Shakespeare's women.
(b) As a bore.
(c) As the summit of selfishness.
(d) As an inexhaustible character.
4. What does Bloom say is the problem with the character of Coriolanus?
(a) Coriolanus' death is not dramatized.
(b) The viewer does not know Coriolanus' reasons for surrendering.
(c) Coriolanus does not explain why he fought against Rome.
(d) We do not know Voluminia's thoughts about her son's treason.
5. What was John Fletcher's role in "Henry VIII", according to Bloom?
(a) He wrote the source play for Shakespeare's play.
(b) He authored the script.
(c) He wrote the first draft for Shakespeare.
(d) He helped with the writing.
6. What was Shakespeare's contribution to "Two Noble Kinsmen"?
(a) Act III and Act V.
(b) Act I and parts of Act III and V.
(c) Act I through Act IV.
(d) He wrote the whole play.
7. What does Ben Jonson say "Winter's Tale" unites with the dark fears of Leontes?
(a) The spectral possibility of spiritual rebirth.
(b) A feverish vision of eternity.
(c) The dire reality of mortality.
(d) The fresh hope of spring.
8. Whose marriage does Bloom say is happiest in all of Shakespeare's plays?
(a) Beatrice and Benedick.
(b) Ferdinand and Miranda.
(c) The Macbeths'.
(d) Romeo and Juliet's love-death.
9. What pleased Ben Jonson about Shakespeare's "Henry VIII"?
(a) Its departure from historical facts.
(b) Its exposure of royal corruption.
(c) Its improvement on history.
(d) Its praise of the royal line.
10. How does Bloom characterize Theseus in "Two Noble Kinsmen"?
(a) Shakespeare's dying gasp.
(b) The summit of Shakespeare's poetic philosophy.
(c) Shakespeare's last poetic voice.
(d) An illegitimate child of Shakespeare's genius.
11. What character does Bloom say follows Shakespeare's "Pericles"?
(a) Milton's Satan.
(b) Melville's Ahab.
(c) Milton's Adam.
(d) Hawthorne's Hester Prynne.
12. Why does Janet Adelman say that Cordelia had to be murdered in "King Lear"?
(a) To protect the masculinity of the play.
(b) To prevent love from being triumphant.
(c) To preserve the play's philosophy consistently.
(d) To counter the demise of Regan and Goneril.
13. Why does Bloom say "Timon of Athens" was never performed?
(a) Shakespeare used the play to denounce contemporary London.
(b) Shakespeare's patron was offended by the play.
(c) Shakespeare died before he finished it.
(d) Shakespeare felt the play was too personal.
14. How does Auden describe Iago?
(a) As a devil.
(b) As karmic vengeance.
(c) As a practical joker.
(d) As the subterranean soul of Western culture.
15. How does Bloom say Ben Jonson saw Thersites?
(a) As a predecessor to Falstaff.
(b) As a Christian.
(c) As a coward.
(d) As a nihilist.
Short Answer Questions
1. Whose skepticism does Bloom describe behind Hamlet's philosophizing?
2. What does Bloom say T. S. Eliot says about "Hamlet"?
3. Whose philosophy does Bloom say Iago embodies?
4. How does the porter describe the effects of alcohol?
5. What character flaw does Bloom say runs through Othello?
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