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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 All's Well That Ends Well, which of the following characters does not return to France immediately after Bertrand's marriage in Italy?
2. What good do Romeo and Juliet's deaths bring at the end of the story?
3. In Measure for Measure the law citizens of Vienna are constantly breaking concerns what?
4. What does the King of France suspect Bertrand of in All's Well That Ends Well?
5. Who does Bertrand marry at the end of All's Well That Ends Well?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why cannot Bianca get married in Taming of the Shrew?
2. How does Pericles end up marrying Thaisa?
3. How does Pericles reunite with his daughter and wife at the end of the story?
4. How does Helena become betrothed to Bertram in the beginning of All's Well That Ends Well?
5. What wager is involved in the final part of Taming of the Shrew?
6. How is Angelo corrupted in Measure for Measure?
7. What happens to Aegeon's lost son and servant in Comedy of Errors?
8. Describe Iago's revenge against Othello.
9. Why does Hamlet kill Polonius?
10. Describe Romeo and Juliet's meeting and courtship.
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
In Shakespeare's day, sea travel was the most common form of extended travel, particularly in the Mediterranean. As such, ship travel and ship wrecks play an important role in his plays as drivers of narrative. Write an essay, citing three stories, of the use of maritime travel in Shakespeare. How does sea travel offer narrative opportunities that land travel does not? Why do so many stories begin with a shipwreck? What narrative needs does he shipwreck provide?
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