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 Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
In many of his stories, Shakespeare juxtaposes two individuals who are close either as siblings or dear friends. He juxtaposes them through their actions, which reveal character. Write an essay about three of the stories in the collection in which pairs of characters are juxtaposed. What actions does Shakespeare use to juxtapose these characters? What is revealed through this juxtaposition? Do the characters become more or less similar as the story continues?
Essay Topic 3
In much of Shakespeare's writing, the natural and the supernatural interact, with mysticism coloring and driving the course of human events. Write an essay about three such instances, discussing the function and form of supernatural events:
Part 1) What is the story of A Midsummer Night's Dream before the introduction of the fairy world? How do the fairies affect the human world? Is this effect intentional or incidental to their business? Discuss how the events of this fairy world color the events of the Athenian youths.
Part 2) How does the realm of magic come into play in The Tempest? Who is reacting and fighting against magic, and who is controlling it? Discuss the way magic is used in the narrative as a driver of story. What magical figures are central to this story, and what specific actions do they undertake?
Part 3) What do the witches of Macbeth represent? How are they catalysts for the action, driving human interaction and rash action? Chart their appearances throughout the story. What promises do they make to the main character, and how do these promises prove false in the end?
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