Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What character flaw does Bloom say runs through Othello?

2. What does Bloom say "The Merry Wives of Windsor" might have been designed to do?

3. What objection does Dr. Johnson make about "Cymbeline"?

4. What does Nietzsche say Hamlet's problem was?

5. Whom does Bloom say Iachino in "Cymbeline" resembles?

Short Essay Questions

1. What view does Bloom take on Iago's character?

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

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

4. What does Bloom say was Shakespeare's role in "Two Noble Kinsmen"?

5. Where does Bloom see comedy in "Antony and Cleopatra"?

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

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

8. What parallel does Bloom describe between characters Henry V and Alexander the Great?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an evaluative review of "Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human". What is this book's place in culture? What are its uses? Who is its audience? What are its limitations?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Bloom's critical perspective. What matters to him, and what parts of Shakespeare's plays, and the commentary on them, is uninteresting? How does he justify his focus?

Essay Topic 3

How useful is the categorical breakdown Bloom uses--histories, comedies, tragedies, problem plays, etc.? Is there too much overlap between plays for these terms to be useful? What use does this schema of categorization have?

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