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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Bloom characterize "Two Gentlemen of Verona"?
2. How does Bloom characterize Richard II's metaphors?
3. For whom is Shylock a predecessor, in Bloom's interpretation?
4. What makes "Love's Labor's Lost" one of Bloom's favorite plays?
5. How does Bloom characterize the character of Richard III?
Short Essay Questions
1. What step does Bloom say Shakespeare took, with "The Merchant of Venice", beyond Marlowe's style?
2. What does "Romeo and Juliet" prefigure, in Bloom's interpretation?
3. How does Bloom characterize Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus"?
4. What does Bloom say is the true subject of "Julius Caesar"?
5. How does Bloom describe the meaning of his title, "The Invention of the Human"?
6. Who are the prominent critics Bloom cites as the most influential critics of Shakespeare?
7. What is Bloom's estimation of "Julius Caesar"?
8. How does Bloom characterize Richard III?
9. What personality development does Bloom describe in "Taming of the Shrew"?
10. How does Bloom say Shakespeare confronts the viewer's personality in "Comedy of Errors"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In many of his other works of criticism, Bloom describes his affinity for the Gnostic idea that there is one eternal, living moment, and we enter into it and depart from it, but the flame itself stays alive, transcendent and human. Where do you think the flame that is burning in Shakespeare is burning today?
Essay Topic 2
Is Shakespeare an everyman, whose talents are universal, or is he a unique individual whose gifts will never be repeated? Is he a type or a hero? How does Bloom describe him? How do you see him, as a result of reading this book?
Essay Topic 3
What is the role of love in Shakespeare's plays? How does Bloom describe the benefits and consequences of love?
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