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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does Thersites avoid being killed?
(a) By undignified begging.
(b) By intrigue.
(c) By cunning.
(d) By cowardliness.
2. How does Bloom say Macbeth allows himself to pursue the crown?
(a) By convincing himself of others' illegitimacy.
(b) By evilly plotting for his own power.
(c) By rationally defining his deserving.
(d) By lying to himself.
3. What does Bloom say in response to the criticism that Shakespeare copied Hamlet from other sources?
(a) That Shakespeare had bought the rights to the other works.
(b) That copying was common practice.
(c) That he always improved on his sources.
(d) That Shakespeare was not even one person.
4. What does Bloom say Thebes in "Two Noble Kinsmen" refers to?
(a) London in 1609.
(b) Paris in 1599.
(c) Athens in 431.
(d) London in 1613.
5. How does Bloom characterize the end of "Measure for Measure"?
(b) A concession to necessity.
(c) Barely happy.
(d) Resplendently happy.
6. How does Bloom characterize Coriolanus as a character of Shakespeare's?
(a) Not passive at all.
(b) Not very introspective.
(c) More doubtful than most.
(d) More powerful than most.
7. What was John Fletcher's role in "Henry VIII", according to Bloom?
(a) He wrote the source play for Shakespeare's play.
(b) He wrote the first draft for Shakespeare.
(c) He helped with the writing.
(d) He authored the script.
8. What makes "Winter's Tale" jarring, in Bloom's interpretation?
(a) Its originality.
(b) Its piety.
(c) Its nihilism.
(d) Its hostility.
9. Whom does Shakespeare attack in "Timon of Athens"?
(b) Geoffrey Chaucer.
(c) Christopher Marlowe.
10. What character does Bloom say follows Shakespeare's "Pericles"?
(a) Hawthorne's Hester Prynne.
(b) Milton's Adam.
(c) Melville's Ahab.
(d) Milton's Satan.
11. What does Bloom say love causes in "King Lear"?
12. What id Dryden's objection to Caliban's depiction?
(a) That he is still a European political persona.
(b) That he is only truly savage under the influence of drink, and cannot be bestial otherwise.
(c) That a half-man is not a natural man.
(d) That he cannot be savage if he can speak.
13. For whom did Cressida betray Troilus?
14. What does Bloom say is the center of "The Tempest'?
(a) Prospero's restoration.
(b) Caliban's punishment.
(c) Ariel's liberty.
(d) Prospero's development.
15. M. C. Bradbrook describes "Pericles" as half spectacle and half what?
(a) Satyr play.
(d) Prophetic vision.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does critic Hazlitt see in "Coriolanus"?
2. What gives "Winter's Tale" its supernatural quality, according to Bloom?
3. What does Bloom say "The Merry Wives of Windsor" might have been designed to do?
4. How does Bloom characterize the Falstaff of "The Merry Wives of Windsor"?
5. Why does Bloom say "Timon of Athens" was never performed?
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