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. Who is Castile?

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

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

4. What does Lorenzo promise he will do while Balthazar distracts himself with sport and partying?

5. How does Revenge respond to the Ghost's complaints that he doesn't want to watch his friend being slain?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Bel-Imperia and Balthazar's first meeting after she is released by Lorenzo.

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

3. Who brings the Ghost of Andrea back to the land of the living and why?

4. What is Hieronimo's purpose at the king's banquet and how does this play out?

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

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

7. Describe how Horatio is killed and what is done to Bel-Imperia.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lorenzo, Villuppo, and Revenge all are characters who try to write their own fate. Write an essay exploring how the manipulations of one or all of these characters serves as a commentary on drama.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay exploring how a desire for advancement, power, influence and control plays a role in attraction, both on a romantic and platonic level in the play. Think about why characters cultivate friendships or romances with certain characters and create enemies out of others.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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