Tales from Shakespeare 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. Whom does Celia fall in love with in As You Like It?

2. What non-medial condition kills Mamillius in The Winter's Tale?

3. What does the juice of the purple flower do to people in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

4. What false name does Rosalind choose for her flight into Arden?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Oliver try to kill Orlando in As You Like It?

2. What is the rift in the spirit room at the beginning of A Midsummer Night's Dream?

3. Why does Macbeth kill Banquo?

4. How does Proteus betray his friend Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona?

5. Why does Claudio think Hero is cheating on him in Much Ado About Nothing?

6. At the end of As You Like It, what happy news arrives concerning the banished duke?

7. How does Leontes respond to his new daughter at the beginning of The Winter's Tale?

8. Under what circumstances does Lear go mad?

9. Why does Belarius think Imogen is dead in Cymbeline?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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 3

The role of women in Shakespeare's work is remarkably ambiguous, particularly in his comedies. Choose three heroines from his comedies - Katharine, Beatrice, Helena, etc - and chart their arc over the course of the narrative. Are their objectives relatively constant throughout? Do they take their courtship into their own hands over the course of the narrative? Are they dynamic character, changing over the course of the narrative? If so, what changes them? Is it self- or society-imposed?

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