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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. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Shakespeare's comedies involve betrayal and reconciliation between family members and friends. Write an essay about three comedies and discuss how friends and family members betray each other. What compels them to do this? What is the fallout from this betrayal? Discuss what events occur that lead to reconciliation among them? What does this redemption say about the nature of friendship, family and love?

Part 1) The Winter's Tale

Part 2) Two Gentlemen of Verona

Part 3) As You Like It

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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