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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. What head of state is with Antonio on the ship in The Tempest?

2. What do the robbers in Two Gentlemen of Verona request of Valentine?

3. In Much Ado About Nothing, what does Hero do when accused of infidelity?

4. What does Prospero do to Antonio when the two meet at the end of The Tempest?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What plot does Claudius concoct to be rid of Hamlet at the end of the story?

2. Why does Hamlet kill Polonius?

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

4. How does Prospero find Ariel in The Tempest?

5. How are Hero and Claudio reunited at the end of Much Ado About Nothing?

6. How does Portia save Antonio's life in Merchant of Venice?

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

8. What is the state of affairs between Ephesus and Syracuse in Comedy of Errors?

9. Why is Cordelia banished at the beginning of King Lear?

10. What are the marriages that end Measure for Measure?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In much of Shakespeare's canon, death is not necessarily a complete end to an individual's influence over human events. Using The Winter's Tale, Hamlet, and Macbeth as subjects, write an essay discussing the role of ghosts and reincarnation in Shakespeare. Who returns to the realm of the living after death? When these characters return, how do they affect the world of the living? What is the nature of this return?

Essay Topic 2

Many Shakespearean stories involve an individual attempting to subvert a social structure: Macbeth, Othello, Shylock, Hamlet, Katharine. Write an essay about three such characters and discuss how this attempt progresses in the story. Why does this character choose to subvert this system? What does he or she want to achieve, and what subversive actions does he or she take? How does this character end up as a result?

Essay Topic 3

Tales from Shakespeare contains stories based on Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies. Write a three part essay, discussing the difference between Shakespearean tragedy and comedy, citing specific examples of each in the three sections:

Part 1) What features make a tragedy in Shakespeare? How do they almost always end? Discuss which components of narrative are always the same in a tragedy. What type of lesson does Shakespeare intend for the writer to take away from the experience? How does he impart these themes?

Part 2) How does a comedy progress? What is the traditional ending to a Shakespearean comedy? Discuss how a comedy develops differently from a tragedy, and what it relates about humanity. What parts of the human existence does Shakespeare omit in writing a comedy?

Part 3) Compare the experience of reading a comedy and tragedy? How do protagonists in each of these differ in terms of their objectives and dynamic nature? Discuss what the reader is supposed to sympathize with in each case.

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