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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 do Goneril and Regan immediately deny King Lear after he has given up his crown?
2. What is Edmund's brother's name?
3. In Cymbeline, why does the King raise Posthumus?
4. Who does Demetrius marry at the end of A Midsummer Night's Dream?
5. Which character concocts a devious plot to break up a marriage in Much Ado Ado Nothing?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Claudio think Hero is cheating on him in Much Ado About Nothing?
2. At the end of As You Like It, what happy news arrives concerning the banished duke?
3. Why is Posthumus banished at the beginning of Cymbeline?
4. How does Proteus betray his friend Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona?
5. Describe the interaction between Prospero and his enemies on the island at the end of The Tempest.
6. What is the rift in the spirit room at the beginning of A Midsummer Night's Dream?
7. How does Valentine becomes the leader of bandits in Two Gentlemen of Verona?
8. Why is Cordelia banished at the beginning of King Lear?
9. How are Hero and Claudio reunited at the end of Much Ado About Nothing?
10. Why does Macbeth kill Banquo?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare famously said the course of true love never did run smooth. Write an essay charting the arc of a particularly tumultuous courtship in one of the stories. What two characters are in love, and what obstacles prevent their complete happiness? How do they respond to these obstacles? Do they over come them or break apart from each other? Through this courtship, what is Shakespeare saying about romance and commitment?
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
Tales from Shakespeare translates the plays of William Shakespeare into a series of twenty stories intended for children. In this process, Charles Lamb has kept some of the more adult themes that were present in the plays. Write an essay in three parts dealing with the prevalence of adult themes in the collection:
Part 1) In comedies like The Winter's Tale and Much Ado About Nothing and tragedies like Othello, Shakespeare deals with infidelity and mistrust between lovers. How do these themes manifest themselves? Which characters suffer as a result, and what is learned from this painful experience?
Part 2) In King Lear and Hamlet, in particular, Shakespeare deals with the duty a child owes his or her parents. Discuss the strained relationships at the center of these stories. What sense of neglect or betrayal exists in them? How are these relationships more intense forms of everyday struggles?
Part 3) Shakespeare deals fairly unsparingly with intolerance in The Merchant of Venice and Othello. What types of intolerance are discussed in these stories? Which characters subjugate which? What is learned about this type of racial and religious intolerance over the course of the narrative?
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