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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. Where are Faulconbridge's speeches reflected?

2. What does Bloom say writers began to write after Shakespeare?

3. What quality has made "Julius Caesar" a favorite of the school curriculum?

4. Who whom does Bloom compare Beatrice and Benedick from "Much Ado About Nothing"?

5. How does Bloom characterize Shakespeare's women?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the prominent critics Bloom cites as the most influential critics of Shakespeare?

2. How does Bloom characterize Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus"?

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

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

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

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

7. What similarity does Bloom say there is between "Twelfth Night" and a Ben Jonson play?

8. How does Bloom characterize Richard III?

9. What is Bloom's estimation of "Richard III"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the archetypal Shakespearean characters? Where are they delineated? How does Bloom say they develop from one work to another?

Essay Topic 2

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

Essay Topic 3

What is the role of society in Shakespeare's writing, and what is its role in Bloom's thinking? Is society meant to be entered, resisted, overcome, evaded? How do Shakespeare and Bloom understand the imaginative person's place in society?

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