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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. To whom does Bloom compare Hamlet and Falstaff?
(a) Adam in 'Paradise Lost'.
(b) The Old Testament God.
(c) The Knight in Chaucer's 'Knight's Tale'.
(d) Melville's Captain Ahab.

2. To whom does Bloom compare Puck unfavorably?
(a) Falstaff.
(b) Caliban.
(c) Hamlet.
(d) Prospero.

3. How does Bloom characterize "Richard III"?
(a) Improbable.
(b) A spectacle.
(c) Absurd.
(d) Successful.

4. What does Feste do to Malvolio?
(a) Thwart.
(b) Torment.
(c) Idealize.
(d) Admire.

5. How does Bloom characterize Richard II's metaphors?
(a) A lyrical alternative to politics.
(b) An anarchic hostility to monarchy.
(c) Poetic reconstitution of reality.
(d) Nietzschean escape from reality.

Short Answer Questions

1. What song reminds Bloom of this other work?

2. In what way has Shakespeare outdone Marlowe with Aaron the Moor?

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

4. What is Richard III's most famous line?

5. Who does Bloom say steals the show in "Romeo and Juliet"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Bloom say "Henry VI" did for Shakespeare?

3. What are the main themes of "King John", in Bloom's interpretation?

4. What aspect of Nietzsche's philosophy is present in "Richard II", in Bloom's interpretation?

5. What is the cause of the comedy in "Love's Labor's Lost", according to Bloom?

6. What is Bloom's estimation of "Two Gentlemen of Verona"?

7. What does Bloom say is the main action of "Two Gentlemen of Verona"?

8. What is it about Falstaff that Bloom likes so much?

9. What is Marlowe's influence on "Titus Andronicus"?

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

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