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. How is Silvia related to the Duke of Milan?

2. The ghost of which character appears at Macbeth's banquet?

3. Which character does Nerissa fall in love with in Merchant of Venice?

4. Who does Prospero release from servitude at the end of The Tempest?

5. Who has gone to war with Britain in Cymbeline?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Orlando and Oliver reconciled in As You Like It?

2. How does Valentine becomes the leader of bandits in Two Gentlemen of Verona?

3. Why does Kent have to disguise himself to follow King Lear?

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

5. How does Posthumus return to Britain at the end of Cymbeline?

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

7. What bad decision does Antonio make regarding borrowing money in Merchant of Venice?

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

9. How does Lady Macbeth convince Macbeth to kill Duncan?

10. How does Portia save Antonio's life in Merchant of Venice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shakespeare's stories can span the range of possible settings: some exist in one day and one location, while others take place over many lands and many years. In an essay, compare the two most extreme examples: The Tempest and Pericles. Which is the more compact of the narrative and which the more expansive? What common plot devises and character types do they share? How does each one end, and how does the setting affect the progression of the plot to this finality?

Essay Topic 2

Many Shakespearean stories involve an individual attempting to subvert a social structure: Macbeth, Othello, Shylock, Hamlet, Katharine. Write an essay about three such characters and discuss how this attempt progresses in the story. Why does this character choose to subvert this system? What does he or she want to achieve, and what subversive actions does he or she take? How does this character end up as a result?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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