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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. At the beginning of King Lear, Cordelia says she loves her father to what extent?

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

4. In The Tempest, what important items does Prospero have that allow him to use magic on the island?

5. Whom does Celia fall in love with in As You Like It?

Short Essay Questions

1. In The Tempest, how does Prospero bring his enemies to the island?

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

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

4. What is Don Pedro's attitude to Beatrice and Benedick at the beginning of Much Ado About Nothing?

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

6. Describe the interaction between Prospero and his enemies on the island at the end of The Tempest.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Shakespeare's comedies are driven often by a sense of confusion and mistaken identity. People are not who they appear to be. In an essay, compare three comedies that make frequent use of mistaken identity to drive the plot. Is the confusion manufactured or accidental? Does it cause pain to anyone involved? How is it resolved, and are all the mysteries solved?

Part 1) Much Ado About Nothing

Part 2) Comedy of Errors

Part 3) Twelfth Night

Essay Topic 3

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?

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