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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. How can the language of the viceroy's soliloquy (really an aside) in Act 1, Scene 3 be described?
(a) Emotionally extravagant.
(b) Ravingly mad.
(c) Politely understated.
(d) Subtly depressing.

2. How do the king and his people celebrate their victory in the battle against Portugal?
(a) With a feast.
(b) With a new war.
(c) With a parade.
(d) With a ball.

3. Why is Andrea told he is brought back from the underworld?
(a) To see how to write a play.
(b) To understand the hatred of humanity.
(c) To kill his best friend.
(d) To see revenge taken on the man who killed him.

4. What does the general report about the progress of Spain's war with Portugal in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Portugal has been defeated and the tribute will be paid.
(b) Spain has won the war and will pay Portugal a tribute.
(c) Portugal has won the war and will pay Spain a tribute.
(d) Spain has been defeated and the tribute will be paid.

5. In Act 1, Scene 5, how does Revenge respond to the Ghost's question about why he's being made to sit through a celebration of the man who killed him?
(a) Revenge says the characters are not as happy as they seem.
(b) Revenge says the joy of all characters will be turned to misery.
(c) Revenge says that he is actually the guilty one.
(d) Revenge says that he likes seeing the Ghost's pain.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Alexandro tell the viceroy about Balthazar?

2. What does Villuppo reveal to the audience in an aside at the end of Act 1, Scene 3?

3. Which of the following characters is not present when a general reports to progress of Spain's war with Portugal in Act 1, Scene 2?

4. Why does Horatio hesitate to tell the story of Andrea's death in the Spanish court?

5. How does the ambassador prove to the viceroy that Balthazar is alive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the king tell the Portuguese ambassador about the marriage between Bel-Imperia and Balthazar and about them having a son?

2. Why does Lorenzo plot to kill Serberine and whom does he employ to help him carry out his plan?

3. Summarize how the general describes the events on the battlefield to the Spanish king and his men.

4. Describe Hieronimo's soliloquy that he performs while reading from a book in Act 3, Scene 13.

5. Describe the events preceding Isabella's suicide and explain how she kills herself.

6. What does the Portuguese ambassador do as he is leaving the king and Castile?

7. After her encounter with Balthazar at the Spanish court, what does Bel-Imperia drop, who picks it up, and how is this significant?

8. When Andrea first introduces himself in the play, what facets of his life does he mention?

9. What happens to reveal Pedringano's innocence after his execution?

10. What cure does the maid suggest for Isabella to ease her troubled thoughts, does she use it, and why or why not?

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