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. Where does Romeo meet Juliet after the ball where they meet?

2. How does Roderigo assist Iago in his plotting?

3. In Comedy of Errors, how can a merchant from Syracuse avoid death in Ephesus?

4. What service does Helena do the King of France in All's Well That Ends Well?

5. What rank has Cassio recently attained at the beginning of Othello?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Aegeon's lost son and servant in Comedy of Errors?

2. Why does Hamlet kill Polonius?

3. What wager is involved in the final part of Taming of the Shrew?

4. Why can Orsino not woo Olivia successfully in Twelfth Night?

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

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

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

8. How did Aegeon's family come together and get separated in a matter of days?

9. How is Angelo corrupted in Measure for Measure?

10. What plot does Claudius concoct to be rid of Hamlet at the end of the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of Shakespeare's stories take place in the court of ruling people. In such stories - like Cymbeline, Macbeth, King Lear, or Hamlet - the acquisition power is the driver of conflict. Write an essay charting the way power changes hands in three such stories. Who loses power who should control it? What usurper or group of usurpers takes power, and how is this unnatural acquisition reighted by the end of the narrative?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Tales from Shakespeare contains stories based on Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies. Write a three part essay, discussing the difference between Shakespearean tragedy and comedy, citing specific examples of each in the three sections:

Part 1) What features make a tragedy in Shakespeare? How do they almost always end? Discuss which components of narrative are always the same in a tragedy. What type of lesson does Shakespeare intend for the writer to take away from the experience? How does he impart these themes?

Part 2) How does a comedy progress? What is the traditional ending to a Shakespearean comedy? Discuss how a comedy develops differently from a tragedy, and what it relates about humanity. What parts of the human existence does Shakespeare omit in writing a comedy?

Part 3) Compare the experience of reading a comedy and tragedy? How do protagonists in each of these differ in terms of their objectives and dynamic nature? Discuss what the reader is supposed to sympathize with in each case.

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