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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 is Tybalt's connection to Juliet?
2. What does Katharine do when Petruchio does not show for their wedding in Taming of the Shrew?
3. What service does Helena do the King of France in All's Well That Ends Well?
4. Why does Olivia confuse Sebastian and Viola in Twelfth Night?
5. Why does Bertram think he is within his rights to propose to Diana in All's Well That Ends Well?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Hamlet dissolute at the beginning of the story?
2. How does Pericles end up marrying Thaisa?
3. How does Pericles lose Thaisa at sea?
4. How is Angelo corrupted in Measure for Measure?
5. How does Timon of Athens lose faith in mankind?
6. How does Petruchio tame Katharine on their wedding day?
7. Why is Othello summoned before the Duke of Venice for his marriage?
8. Why can Orsino not woo Olivia successfully in Twelfth Night?
9. What wager is involved in the final part of Taming of the Shrew?
10. How does Pericles reunite with his daughter and wife at the end of the story?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Many Shakespearean stories involve an individual attempting to subvert a social structure: Macbeth, Othello, Shylock, Hamlet, Katharine. Write an essay about three such characters and discuss how this attempt progresses in the story. Why does this character choose to subvert this system? What does he or she want to achieve, and what subversive actions does he or she take? How does this character end up as a result?
Essay Topic 3
Tales from Shakespeare translates the plays of William Shakespeare into a series of twenty stories intended for children. In this process, Charles Lamb has kept some of the more adult themes that were present in the plays. Write an essay in three parts dealing with the prevalence of adult themes in the collection:
Part 1) In comedies like The Winter's Tale and Much Ado About Nothing and tragedies like Othello, Shakespeare deals with infidelity and mistrust between lovers. How do these themes manifest themselves? Which characters suffer as a result, and what is learned from this painful experience?
Part 2) In King Lear and Hamlet, in particular, Shakespeare deals with the duty a child owes his or her parents. Discuss the strained relationships at the center of these stories. What sense of neglect or betrayal exists in them? How are these relationships more intense forms of everyday struggles?
Part 3) Shakespeare deals fairly unsparingly with intolerance in The Merchant of Venice and Othello. What types of intolerance are discussed in these stories? Which characters subjugate which? What is learned about this type of racial and religious intolerance over the course of the narrative?
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