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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. Who is the second human Miranda meets in The Tempest?
2. Lying to his father in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Proteus says his letter from Julia is from whom?
3. In The Winter's Tale, what is Florizel when he first sees Perdita?
4. How does Lady Macbeth convince her husband to kill Duncan?
5. In Cymbeline, why does the King raise Posthumus?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Lady Macbeth convince Macbeth to kill Duncan?
2. Who does Valentine offer Silvia to Proteus at the end of Two Gentlemen of Verona?
3. What is Don Pedro's attitude to Beatrice and Benedick at the beginning of Much Ado About Nothing?
4. How are Cordelia and Lear reunited?
5. In The Winter's Tale, how does Paulita convince the king of Bohemia to let her marry his son?
6. How does Prospero find Ariel in The Tempest?
7. How does Portia save Antonio's life in Merchant of Venice?
8. How does Posthumus return to Britain at the end of Cymbeline?
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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Shakespeare's day, sea travel was the most common form of extended travel, particularly in the Mediterranean. As such, ship travel and ship wrecks play an important role in his plays as drivers of narrative. Write an essay, citing three stories, of the use of maritime travel in Shakespeare. How does sea travel offer narrative opportunities that land travel does not? Why do so many stories begin with a shipwreck? What narrative needs does he shipwreck provide?
Essay Topic 2
Shakespeare's stories often involve a divide between the town - with its merchants and political squabbles - and the country, a setting of ease and merriment. Citing specific stories from the text, discuss in an essay how Shakespeare uses this divide in his stories. What can occur in the country that cannot in the town? How are interactions different? Why do people choose to - or are forced to - leave the city? Do comedies or tragedies use this device more often?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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