Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
Love is a frequent theme of Shakespeare's narratives, but love in his comedies is markedly different from love in his tragedies. Write an essay comparing the way couples interact in Shakespearean comedy and tragedy. What does the courtship - provided it is shown - look like? Is deception involved? In comedies, why does Shakespeare always end after the marriage? What occurs after the marriage in Shakespeare's tragedies? What does this say about Shakespeare's attitude toward the institution of marriage?
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?
The tragic figure of Shakespeare's stories suffer because they make rash decisions without considering the full ramifications of their actions. Write an essay discussing three tragic figures from the collection and the decisions they make. What drives the most destructive of these choices? What does the character want to accomplish, and what does he or she not consider regarding the ramifications of these choices? How do these choices undo this character, and what is Shakespeare saying about the human condition with this reversal?
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