The Spanish Tragedy Test | Mid-Book 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. Which of the following describes the viceroy's complaints at the beginning of Act 3, Scene 1?

2. Whom does Balthazar request as his companion when he is captured?

3. To what play is The Spanish Tragedy a sequel?

4. 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?

5. Why does the viceroy order that Alexandro be brought to him in Act 3, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. To whom does Bel-Imperia find herself attracted after Andrea's death and why does she resolve to love him?

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

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

4. How does Horatio react when Bel-Imperia asks him to tell her about the circumstances of Andrea's death and what information does he share?

5. Describe Hieronimo's play, including whom he plans to include on stage.

6. At the beginning of Act 2, Scene 3, what does the king ask Castile and how does he respond?

7. The viceroy rants to his courtiers about what in Act 1, Scene 3?

8. Describe the conversation that the courtier and Villuppo have about Alexandro's guilt in Act 3, Scene 1.

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

10. Describe how Hieronimo kills himself and another that he kills with the same weapon.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay evaluating how rhyming and blank un-rhyming verse are used to express the mood of particular characters or scenes.

Essay Topic 2

In Act 1, Scene 2, a clear contrast is seen between the civility of the king and the barbarity of battle. Write an essay exploring how this contrast plays a role in the play as a whole.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay evaluating how female power manifests itself verbally throughout the play.

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