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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Whose philosophy does Bloom say Iago embodies?
2. What does Bloom say Thebes in "Two Noble Kinsmen" refers to?
(a) Athens in 431.
(b) Paris in 1599.
(c) London in 1613.
(d) London in 1609.
3. M. C. Bradbrook describes "Pericles" as half spectacle and half what?
(a) Satyr play.
(b) Prophetic vision.
4. What makes "Winter's Tale" jarring, in Bloom's interpretation?
(a) Its piety.
(b) Its hostility.
(c) Its nihilism.
(d) Its originality.
5. What pleased Ben Jonson about Shakespeare's "Henry VIII"?
(a) Its improvement on history.
(b) Its departure from historical facts.
(c) Its exposure of royal corruption.
(d) Its praise of the royal line.
6. What does the character Timon of Athens do to his guests?
(a) Torture them.
(b) Eat them.
(c) Treat them to lavish entertainments.
(d) Throw stones at them.
7. What does Ben Jonson say "Winter's Tale" unites with the dark fears of Leontes?
(a) The dire reality of mortality.
(b) A feverish vision of eternity.
(c) The spectral possibility of spiritual rebirth.
(d) The fresh hope of spring.
8. What was John Fletcher's role in "Henry VIII", according to Bloom?
(a) He wrote the first draft for Shakespeare.
(b) He helped with the writing.
(c) He wrote the source play for Shakespeare's play.
(d) He authored the script.
9. What does Bloom say is the reason for Iago's persecution of Othello?
(a) Othello's failure to be promoted.
(b) Iago's evil heart.
(c) Othello's blackness.
10. How does Bloom characterize the love affair between Antony and Cleopatra?
(a) As a political act.
(b) As a literary philosophy.
(c) As the summit of hopeless romanticism.
(d) As a nihilistic act.
11. What character does Bloom say follows Shakespeare's "Pericles"?
(a) Melville's Ahab.
(b) Milton's Satan.
(c) Hawthorne's Hester Prynne.
(d) Milton's Adam.
12. What does Bloom say is the problem with the character of Coriolanus?
(a) Coriolanus' death is not dramatized.
(b) We do not know Voluminia's thoughts about her son's treason.
(c) The viewer does not know Coriolanus' reasons for surrendering.
(d) Coriolanus does not explain why he fought against Rome.
13. In what way does Bloom say "The Merry Wives of Windsor" could be considered funny?
(a) As slapstick.
(b) As a sadomasochistic exercise.
(c) As an existential comedy.
(d) As a comedy of errors.
14. What does Bloom say he suspects Shakespeare of, in "Henry V"?
(d) Fear for his own safety.
15. Whose marriage does Bloom say is happiest in all of Shakespeare's plays?
(a) Ferdinand and Miranda.
(b) Beatrice and Benedick.
(c) The Macbeths'.
(d) Romeo and Juliet's love-death.
Short Answer Questions
1. What important character does Bloom say Iago influenced?
2. Whom does Bloom say Iachino in "Cymbeline" resembles?
3. How does A. C. Bradley describe Cleopatra?
4. What does Bloom say is the moral of "All's Well That Ends Well"?
5. Whose skepticism does Bloom describe behind Hamlet's philosophizing?
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