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?
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?
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?
In Stories from Shakespeare, Charles Lamb includes a couple of narratives that fixate on the notion of money and how its accumulation and loss can destroy a human being. Write a two-part essay discussing both of these stories, and sum up the essay by theorizing as to Shakespeare's attitude toward money in general:
Part 1) What role does wealth and the lack of it play in the plot of Merchant of Venice? What characters are affected - either positively or negatively - by the accumulation of money? Who loses his soul in the struggle for money? Who nearly loses his life and is eventually redeemed by money in the story? How is money an ambiguous force in the story?
Part 2) How does Money prove the downfall of Timon of Athens? Discuss how all of his relationships in the story are defined by wealth. In the end, what does Timon believe is the point of money and man's relationship to it? What is Shakespeare saying about wealth in Timon of Athens?
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