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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. 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) Spain has been defeated and the tribute will be paid.
(d) Portugal has won the war and will pay Spain a tribute.

2. Which of the following does the Ambassador NOT do in Act 2, Scene 3?
(a) Promise to pass the king's message to the viceroy.
(b) Promise to kill Horatio.
(c) Tell the king the ransom has been paid.
(d) Tell the king that Balthazar has sent his regards.

3. Why does Balthazar come to visit Bel-Imperia in the Spanish court?
(a) To trick her.
(b) To reveal Andrea's guilt.
(c) To court her.
(d) To kill her.

4. Which of the following is not a way that the Scene 1 in the play acts?
(a) As a prologue.
(b) As a frame.
(c) As foreshadowing.
(d) As exposition.

5. How does the audience know what Balthazar and Lorenzo are thinking as they secretly watch Bel-Imperia and Horatio?
(a) Balthazar and Lorenzo interject comments that the other characters cannot hear.
(b) Balthazar and Lorenzo hold up signs showing what they are thinking.
(c) The audience does not know what they are thinking.
(d) Balthazar and Lorenzo mime what they are thinking.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what does Lorenzo try to assure Balthazar at the start of Act 2?

2. If Balthazar and Bel-Imperia have a son, over which country will he be king?

3. To whom does the king send a message via the Portuguese ambassador regarding the marriage of Bel-Imperia and Balthazar?

4. Who challenged Don Pedro during the battle between Portugal and Spain?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Hieronimo invite the third citizen to his house and what happens at the house?

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

3. When Isabella's thoughts return to the men who killed her son in Act 3, Scene 8, what does she do?

4. How and why do the complaints of the third citizen affect Hieronimo?

5. What does Isabella imagine herself doing in Act 3, Scene 8, and what does she see herself as?

6. What is an aside in a play and how does Villuppo use an aside in Act 1, Scene 3?

7. What is the viceroy's reaction to the marriage of Bel-Imperia and Balthazar and what does he plan to do afterward?

8. Describe why Hieronimo says Horatio was a good son.

9. How does the viceroy respond to Villuppo's offer to tell the truth about Balthazar and what does Villuppo tell him?

10. When does it become apparent why Hieronimo asked for a key to the king's box seats and why did he do so?

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