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. What happens to Timon when he asks his friends for money?

2. What does Pericles do with Thaisa's body after she seems to die?

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

4. In Taming of the Shrew, why does Petruchio say Katharine should not eat on their wedding night?

5. Who does Juliet's father betroth her to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Pericles lose Thaisa at sea?

4. Why does Hamlet kill Polonius?

5. How does Petruchio tame Katharine on their wedding day?

6. How does Pericles end up marrying Thaisa?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare famously said the course of true love never did run smooth. Write an essay charting the arc of a particularly tumultuous courtship in one of the stories. What two characters are in love, and what obstacles prevent their complete happiness? How do they respond to these obstacles? Do they over come them or break apart from each other? Through this courtship, what is Shakespeare saying about romance and commitment?

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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