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. How does Roderigo assist Iago in his plotting?

2. Where does Bertram live in Italy?

3. How did the second set of twins in Comedy of Errors come under Aegeon's care?

4. How does Othello kill Desdemona?

5. In what fictional kingdom does Twelfth Night take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Pericles end up marrying Thaisa?

4. How does Helena trick Bertram out of his ring in All's Well That Ends Well?

5. How does Pericles reunite with his daughter and wife at the end of the story?

6. How is the opening of Twelfth Night similar to the story that begins Comedy of Errors?

7. Why does Hamlet kill Polonius?

8. What happens when Viola, in disguise, goes to Olivia on Orsino's behalf?

9. Why is Othello summoned before the Duke of Venice for his marriage?

10. How is Angelo corrupted in Measure for Measure?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shakespeare - like all writers of the Renaissance - has a central amount of stock character types that recur in his stories: the tenacious lover, the jealous companion, the conniving monarch, etc. In an essay, choose a character type that recurs throughout several stories. How does this character generally function in the story? Does he or she generally find success or ruin? Why do you think this is? Cite from the appropriate stories to illustrate your essay.

Essay Topic 2

The tragic figure of Shakespeare's stories suffer because they make rash decisions without considering the full ramifications of their actions. Write an essay discussing three tragic figures from the collection and the decisions they make. What drives the most destructive of these choices? What does the character want to accomplish, and what does he or she not consider regarding the ramifications of these choices? How do these choices undo this character, and what is Shakespeare saying about the human condition with this reversal?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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