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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. In what way does Bloom say "The Merry Wives of Windsor" could be considered funny?

2. What does Bloom say the reader needs to know about "Henry V"?

3. Whose appearance marks a shift in Act IV of "Winter's Tale"?

4. How does Bloom characterize the match between Helena and Bertram in "All's Well That Ends Well"?

5. What was John Fletcher's role in "Henry VIII", according to Bloom?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bloom characterize the play "Pericles"?

2. What does Bloom say is the heart of "Macbeth"?

3. What flaws does Bloom say complicate "Cymbeline"?

4. What is the role of love in "King Lear", according to Bloom?

5. What is the moral of "Measure for Measure", in Bloom's account?

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

7. What does Bloom say is the political subtext of "Troilus and Cressida"?

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

9. What does Bloom say is the difference between 'Othello' "Cymbeline"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bloom says that he values interior development, but what is it that he wants to see characters be aware of? Where does the actual world of lived experience figure in Bloom's analysis of Shakespeare's writing or of writing in general?

Essay Topic 2

Bloom credits Shakespeare with defining the interior development that we take as emblematic of modernity. Has anything happened, in art or in human culture, that has invented a different kind of human being, or invented different ways of being human since Shakespeare?

Essay Topic 3

Which one of Shakespeare's plays is most promising for further analysis, in your opinion? Which play raises questions you would like to answer? What are those questions, and what part of Bloom's analysis makes those questions seem poignant? How does Bloom himself frame the answers for those questions?

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