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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. With whom is Hermia in love at the beginning of A Midsummer Night's Dream?

2. Which of the following characters dies at the end of Cymbeline?

3. What do Goneril and Regan immediately deny King Lear after he has given up his crown?

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

5. Who is the beggar whose hovel Lear sleeps in during the storm?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Posthumus return to Britain at the end of Cymbeline?

2. How does Prospero find Ariel in The Tempest?

3. How does Petruchio tame Katharine on their wedding day?

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

5. Why does Macbeth kill Banquo?

6. What wager is involved in the final part of Taming of the Shrew?

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

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

9. Why does Kent have to disguise himself to follow King Lear?

10. How do Antonio and Shylock lend money differently in Merchant of Venice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of Shakespeare's stories take place in the court of ruling people. In such stories - like Cymbeline, Macbeth, King Lear, or Hamlet - the acquisition power is the driver of conflict. Write an essay charting the way power changes hands in three such stories. Who loses power who should control it? What usurper or group of usurpers takes power, and how is this unnatural acquisition reighted by the end of the narrative?

Essay Topic 2

Shakespeare - like all writers of the Renaissance - has a central amount of stock character types that recur in his stories: the tenacious lover, the jealous companion, the conniving monarch, etc. In an essay, choose a character type that recurs throughout several stories. How does this character generally function in the story? Does he or she generally find success or ruin? Why do you think this is? Cite from the appropriate stories to illustrate your essay.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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