Tales from Shakespeare Test | Final 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 request does Timon make of Alcibiades at the end of his story?

2. What does the fisherman in Comedy of Errors do with Antipholus and Dromio when they arrive in Ephesus?

3. In Comedy of Errors, where do the twins of Syracuse seek shelter in Ephesus?

4. What does Timon of Athens find while digging in the dirt?

5. What does the King of France suspect Bertrand of in All's Well That Ends Well?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the state of affairs between Ephesus and Syracuse in Comedy of Errors?

2. Why cannot Bianca get married in Taming of the Shrew?

3. How does Pericles end up marrying Thaisa?

4. Describe Iago's revenge against Othello.

5. How do Romeo and Juliet die?

6. Why does the Duke of Vienna give up power at the beginning of Measure for Measure?

7. Why is Hamlet dissolute at the beginning of the story?

8. Why does Hamlet kill Polonius?

9. How does Pericles lose Thaisa at sea?

10. How does Timon of Athens lose faith in mankind?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In Shakespeare's day, sea travel was the most common form of extended travel, particularly in the Mediterranean. As such, ship travel and ship wrecks play an important role in his plays as drivers of narrative. Write an essay, citing three stories, of the use of maritime travel in Shakespeare. How does sea travel offer narrative opportunities that land travel does not? Why do so many stories begin with a shipwreck? What narrative needs does he shipwreck provide?

Essay Topic 3

In much of Shakespeare's canon, death is not necessarily a complete end to an individual's influence over human events. Using The Winter's Tale, Hamlet, and Macbeth as subjects, write an essay discussing the role of ghosts and reincarnation in Shakespeare. Who returns to the realm of the living after death? When these characters return, how do they affect the world of the living? What is the nature of this return?

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