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. Which of the following characters is not related to the rest?

2. What does the King of France give Helena her choice of in All's Well That Ends Well?

3. In Pericles, what has decimated Tarsus?

4. What false name does Viola take when she enters Orsino's employ in Twelfth Night?

5. What is Mariana's connection to Angelo in Measure for Measure?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are both twins married at the end of Twelfth Night?

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

3. Describe Romeo and Juliet's meeting and courtship.

4. How does Pericles lose Thaisa at sea?

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

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

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

8. In Pericles, how does Marina become a slave?

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

10. What challenge does Bertram make to Helena in All's Well That Ends Well?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Love is a frequent theme of Shakespeare's narratives, but love in his comedies is markedly different from love in his tragedies. Write an essay comparing the way couples interact in Shakespearean comedy and tragedy. What does the courtship - provided it is shown - look like? Is deception involved? In comedies, why does Shakespeare always end after the marriage? What occurs after the marriage in Shakespeare's tragedies? What does this say about Shakespeare's attitude toward the institution of marriage?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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