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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. To what later character does Bloom connect Brutus from "Julius Caesar"?
(a) Regan and Goneril.
(b) Macbeth.
(c) Iago.
(d) Caliban.

4. What charge does Bloom defend the faeries in "Midsummer Night's Dream" from?
(a) That they are super-human.
(b) That they are proto-human.
(c) That they are arbitrary.
(d) That they are archetypes.

5. What does Bloom say "Love's Labor's Lost" has in common with other plays?
(a) Mixing of social classes.
(b) Surprising twists and turns.
(c) Love winning out against the odds.
(d) Heroes brought low and villains elevated.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Shakespeare create with pain, in Bloom's interpretation?

2. How is Joan of Arc depicted in "Henry VI", in Bloom's account?

3. Which term describes Kate's speech about the proper behavior of a wife toward a husband?

4. How does the play resolve the tension between Oberon and Titania?

5. To what philosopher does Bloom compare Falstaff?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Bloom's estimation of "Julius Caesar"?

2. What does Bloom say Shakespeare's compare to in terms of world religion?

3. What was Nietzsche's influence on Bloom's view of Shakespeare?

4. Where does Bloom see resonances of "Julius Caesar" in other plays?

5. How does Bloom defend "Midsummer Night's Dream" from criticism?

6. How does Bloom characterize "Much Ado About Nothing"?

7. What does Bloom say distinguished Faulconbridge among Shakespeare's characters?

8. How does Bloom describe the meaning of his title, "The Invention of the Human"?

9. What does "Romeo and Juliet" prefigure, in Bloom's interpretation?

10. What step does Bloom say Shakespeare took, with "The Merchant of Venice", beyond Marlowe's style?

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