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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. What do writers tend toward, after Shakespeare, according to Bloom?
(a) Self-reflection.
(b) Oedipal urges.
(c) Political visions.
(d) Sadomasochism.

2. Who whom does Bloom compare Beatrice and Benedick from "Much Ado About Nothing"?
(a) "Romeo and Juliet".
(b) Orlando and Rosalind in "As You Like It".
(c) Regan and Goneril in "King Lear".
(d) The lovers in "Love's Labor's Lost".

3. What play does Bloom say "Henry VI" resembles?
(a) Doctor Faustus.
(b) Tamberlaine the Great.
(c) 'Tis Pity She's a Whore.
(d) The Tempest.

4. How does Bloom characterize the end of "Richard III"?
(a) Repetitive.
(b) Disorganized.
(c) Fulfilling.
(d) Symphonic.

5. How does Bloom characterize "Much Ado About Nothing"?
(a) A Biblical comedy.
(b) A disorganized jumble.
(c) Shakespeare's most perfect play.
(d) Nietzschean.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bloom say is King John's biggest problem?

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

3. What does Feste do to Malvolio?

4. Who saves "Two Gentlemen of Verona", in Bloom's opinion?

5. To whom does Bloom compare Hamlet and Falstaff?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Bloom characterize the character Shylock?

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

5. What does Bloom say is the true subject of "Julius Caesar"?

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

7. What personality development does Bloom describe in "Taming of the Shrew"?

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

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

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

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