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. About whom does a courtier make a comment to the viceroy, saying that he is surprised could be filled with so much hate in regard to Balthazar's death?

2. What reason does the king give Castile for the marriage between Bel-Imperia and Balthazar?

3. What story does Villuppo tell the viceroy about what happened to Balthazar?

4. How does the king interpret the the use of warriors in the play presented at his banquet?

5. When Pedringano appears on stage for the first time, of what does Lorenzo remind him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the conversation that Bel-Imperia and Hieronimo have regarding avenging Horatio's death.

2. Describe the journey that Andrea takes through the Underworld.

3. How is Balthazar greeted as a prisoner by the king and how does Balthazar respond?

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

5. What does Castile say to Bel-Imperia when she looks sad regarding her impending marriage to Balthazar?

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

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

8. Why does Castile come to visit Hieronimo while he is preparing for the play and what do they talk about?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay evaluating Revenge as a hero. Do you think that he fits the bill for being a hero? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay exploring how the concept of villain is defined through the characters in the play. Which characters function as villains? Do they share specific characteristics?

Essay Topic 3

Isabella destroys the plants that surround the tree from which Horatio was hanged. Write an essay exploring the symbolism of plants in the play.

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