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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 character flaw does Bloom say runs through Othello?
(a) His jealousy seems out of sync with his love for Desdemona.
(b) His susceptibility to Iago seems out of place for a military leaders.
(c) His passivity with Desdemona seems to be out of sync with his military prowess.
(d) His expressiveness seems to be out of sync with his blind rages.

2. What does Bloom say is the problem with the character of Coriolanus?
(a) The viewer does not know Coriolanus' reasons for surrendering.
(b) We do not know Voluminia's thoughts about her son's treason.
(c) Coriolanus does not explain why he fought against Rome.
(d) Coriolanus' death is not dramatized.

3. What id Dryden's objection to Caliban's depiction?
(a) That he cannot be savage if he can speak.
(b) That a half-man is not a natural man.
(c) That he is only truly savage under the influence of drink, and cannot be bestial otherwise.
(d) That he is still a European political persona.

4. How does Bloom characterize Theseus in "Two Noble Kinsmen"?
(a) Shakespeare's dying gasp.
(b) An illegitimate child of Shakespeare's genius.
(c) Shakespeare's last poetic voice.
(d) The summit of Shakespeare's poetic philosophy.

5. M. C. Bradbrook describes "Pericles" as half spectacle and half what?
(a) Satyr play.
(b) Prophetic vision.
(c) Farce.
(d) Tragedy.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Bloom say Macbeth allows himself to pursue the crown?

2. What does Fluellen's comparison mean for Henry V?

3. How does Bloom characterize Coriolanus as a character of Shakespeare's?

4. What is the sentence for Claudio's unlawful fornication?

5. What does Bloom say brings Anthony back to Cleopatra?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Bloom say "Timon of Athens" was not performed in Shakespeare's lifetime?

2. What does Bloom say makes "Hamlet" so fascinating?

3. What purpose does Bloom say "The Merry Wives of Windsor" serves among Shakespeare's plays?

4. What does Bloom say is the moral of "All's Well That Ends Well"?

5. What warning does Bloom say Emerson makes about ''King Lear"?

6. What is Bloom's estimation of "Henry VIII"?

7. Where does Bloom say "Winter's Tale" sits in Shakespeare's folio?

8. What does Bloom say is the focus of "Antony and Cleopatra"?

9. What interpretation does Bloom say he favors for Caliban in "The Tempest"?

10. How does Bloom say "Henry V" has been used in its history?

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