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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. In Taming of the Shrew, why does Petruchio say Katharine should not eat on their wedding night?
2. Where does Timon go to live after he abandons humanity?
3. How does Antipholus of Syracuse attempt to show his appreciation to the duke at the end of Comedy of Errors?
4. What god's temple does Thaisa go to in Ephesus to be a priestess?
5. Whom does Hamlet accidentally kill in Gertrude's bedchamber?
Short Essay Questions
1. How are both twins married at the end of Twelfth Night?
2. Why is Hamlet dissolute at the beginning of the story?
3. How does Pericles end up marrying Thaisa?
4. Why can Orsino not woo Olivia successfully in Twelfth Night?
5. How is the opening of Twelfth Night similar to the story that begins Comedy of Errors?
6. Why does the Duke of Vienna give up power at the beginning of Measure for Measure?
7. Describe Iago's revenge against Othello.
8. What plot does Claudius concoct to be rid of Hamlet at the end of the story?
9. What challenge does Bertram make to Helena in All's Well That Ends Well?
10. Why is Othello summoned before the Duke of Venice for his marriage?
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 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 3
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.
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