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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does Bloom characterize the Falstaff of "The Merry Wives of Windsor"?
(a) A false Falstaff.
(b) A bastardization of Henry IV.
(c) The genuine Falstaff.
(d) A precursor to later villains.
2. What does Bloom say T. S. Eliot says about "Hamlet"?
(a) That it is the masterpiece of our culture.
(b) That it is too confusing.
(c) That it is too long.
(d) That it is improbable and stagey.
3. How does Thersites avoid being killed?
(a) By cowardliness.
(b) By cunning.
(c) By undignified begging.
(d) By intrigue.
4. What does Bloom say love causes in "King Lear"?
5. How does the porter describe the effects of alcohol?
(a) It blinds people to their own death, and perpetuates their genetic lines.
(b) It makes people equal, but removes the ability to have sex.
(c) It confuses family lines in improvident matches.
(d) It reveals people's true characters.
6. Why does Bloom say "Timon of Athens" was never performed?
(a) Shakespeare died before he finished it.
(b) Shakespeare used the play to denounce contemporary London.
(c) Shakespeare felt the play was too personal.
(d) Shakespeare's patron was offended by the play.
7. What id Dryden's objection to Caliban's depiction?
(a) That he is still a European political persona.
(b) That a half-man is not a natural man.
(c) That he cannot be savage if he can speak.
(d) That he is only truly savage under the influence of drink, and cannot be bestial otherwise.
8. What does the character Timon of Athens do to his guests?
(a) Throw stones at them.
(b) Torture them.
(c) Treat them to lavish entertainments.
(d) Eat them.
9. Whose marriage does Bloom say is happiest in all of Shakespeare's plays?
(a) Romeo and Juliet's love-death.
(b) Beatrice and Benedick.
(c) The Macbeths'.
(d) Ferdinand and Miranda.
10. In what way does Bloom say "The Merry Wives of Windsor" could be considered funny?
(a) As a sadomasochistic exercise.
(b) As slapstick.
(c) As a comedy of errors.
(d) As an existential comedy.
11. What does Theseus give away in "Two Noble Kinsmen"?
(a) His wife.
(b) His throne.
(c) His lands.
(d) His daughter.
12. What does Bloom say is the reason for Iago's persecution of Othello?
(a) Iago's evil heart.
(b) Othello's blackness.
(c) Othello's failure to be promoted.
13. How does Bloom characterize the love affair between Antony and Cleopatra?
(a) As the summit of hopeless romanticism.
(b) As a political act.
(c) As a nihilistic act.
(d) As a literary philosophy.
14. What was Wilkins' role in "Pericles"?
(a) He wrote the play on which Shakespeare based his 'Pericles'.
(b) He made substantive changes to the only surviving manuscript of the play.
(c) He wrote the whole play.
(d) He wrote the first two acts.
15. How does Bloom say Ben Jonson saw Thersites?
(a) As a nihilist.
(b) As a Christian.
(c) As a coward.
(d) As a predecessor to Falstaff.
Short Answer Questions
1. What makes "Winter's Tale" jarring, in Bloom's interpretation?
2. Whom does Bloom say Iachino in "Cymbeline" resembles?
3. How does Helena conceive Bertram's child?
4. What important character does Bloom say Iago influenced?
5. What character flaw does Bloom say runs through Othello?
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