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. At the beginning of The Winter's Tale, what does Leontes order regarding his new daughter?

2. Which character concocts a devious plot to break up a marriage in Much Ado Ado Nothing?

3. What act of fidelity do Julia and Proteus commit when parting ways at the the beginning of Two Gentlemen of Verona?

4. What request does Beatrice make of Benedick after Hero's honor is questioned?

5. What is Edmund's brother's name?

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 is Cordelia banished at the beginning of King Lear?

4. How is Paulita saved from death at a young age in The Winter's Tale?

5. How does Oliver try to kill Orlando in As You Like It?

6. How are Cordelia and Lear reunited?

7. Why does Macbeth kill Banquo?

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

9. How does Prospero find Ariel in The Tempest?

10. How do Antonio and Shylock lend money differently in Merchant of Venice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In many of his stories, Shakespeare juxtaposes two individuals who are close either as siblings or dear friends. He juxtaposes them through their actions, which reveal character. Write an essay about three of the stories in the collection in which pairs of characters are juxtaposed. What actions does Shakespeare use to juxtapose these characters? What is revealed through this juxtaposition? Do the characters become more or less similar as the story continues?

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