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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. What wild animal kill Antigones in The Winter's Tale?

2. How is Silvia related to the Duke of Milan?

3. At the beginning of Macbeth, the title character is than of what township?

4. How does Leontes want Polixenes killed at the beginning of The Winter's Tale?

5. What does Portia disguise herself as at the end of Merchant of Venice?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Viola, in disguise, goes to Olivia on Orsino's behalf?

2. How are Orlando and Oliver reconciled in As You Like It?

3. How does Helena trick Bertram out of his ring in All's Well That Ends Well?

4. What is Don Pedro's attitude to Beatrice and Benedick at the beginning of Much Ado About Nothing?

5. Describe the interaction between Prospero and his enemies on the island at the end of The Tempest.

6. How is Angelo corrupted in Measure for Measure?

7. Why does the Duke of Vienna give up power at the beginning of Measure for Measure?

8. Describe Iago's revenge against Othello.

9. How is Paulita saved from death at a young age in The Winter's Tale?

10. How does Timon of Athens lose faith in mankind?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Love is a frequent theme of Shakespeare's narratives, but love in his comedies is markedly different from love in his tragedies. Write an essay comparing the way couples interact in Shakespearean comedy and tragedy. What does the courtship - provided it is shown - look like? Is deception involved? In comedies, why does Shakespeare always end after the marriage? What occurs after the marriage in Shakespeare's tragedies? What does this say about Shakespeare's attitude toward the institution of marriage?

Essay Topic 2

In Shakespeare's day, sea travel was the most common form of extended travel, particularly in the Mediterranean. As such, ship travel and ship wrecks play an important role in his plays as drivers of narrative. Write an essay, citing three stories, of the use of maritime travel in Shakespeare. How does sea travel offer narrative opportunities that land travel does not? Why do so many stories begin with a shipwreck? What narrative needs does he shipwreck provide?

Essay Topic 3

Coincidence plays an important role in all of the Shakespearean narratives. Individuals lose and find each other often, and always at just the right moment. Write an essay three cases of coincidence that are important to drawing the narrative forward in the story:

Part 1) How does Hermione end up in the cave where her long-estranged brothers live? Discuss the series of unconnected circumstances that drew her to this place, and why she immediately leaves it. How is all made right and this reunion explained in the end of Cymbeline?

Part 2) Discuss how Leontes loses his child at the beginning of The Winter's Tale. What series of events bring her back to him with a significant suitor? Were any of these events perpetrated by the repentant Leontes? What is the result of Paulina's return at the end of the play?

Part 3) How does the life of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, mean that coincidence is always a factor for him? Discuss the process by which Pericles loses his entire family and how he gets them back. What factors - supernatural and natural - contribute to this reunion?

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