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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 Measure for Measure the law citizens of Vienna are constantly breaking concerns what?
2. Who does Orsino marry at the end of Twelfth Night?
3. Who fails to tell Romeo that Juliet is not actually dead?
4. How does Antipholus of Syracuse attempt to show his appreciation to the duke at the end of Comedy of Errors?
5. Where does Timon go to live after he abandons humanity?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Aegeon's lost son and servant in Comedy of Errors?
2. How is the opening of Twelfth Night similar to the story that begins Comedy of Errors?
3. How does Helena become betrothed to Bertram in the beginning of All's Well That Ends Well?
4. Describe Iago's revenge against Othello.
5. Why does the Duke of Vienna give up power at the beginning of Measure for Measure?
6. What plot does Claudius concoct to be rid of Hamlet at the end of the story?
7. How does Timon of Athens lose faith in mankind?
8. What are the marriages that end Measure for Measure?
9. How did Aegeon's family come together and get separated in a matter of days?
10. Why cannot Bianca get married in Taming of the Shrew?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Shakespeare's comedies are driven often by a sense of confusion and mistaken identity. People are not who they appear to be. In an essay, compare three comedies that make frequent use of mistaken identity to drive the plot. Is the confusion manufactured or accidental? Does it cause pain to anyone involved? How is it resolved, and are all the mysteries solved?
Part 1) Much Ado About Nothing
Part 2) Comedy of Errors
Part 3) Twelfth Night
Essay Topic 2
The role of women in Shakespeare's work is remarkably ambiguous, particularly in his comedies. Choose three heroines from his comedies - Katharine, Beatrice, Helena, etc - and chart their arc over the course of the narrative. Are their objectives relatively constant throughout? Do they take their courtship into their own hands over the course of the narrative? Are they dynamic character, changing over the course of the narrative? If so, what changes them? Is it self- or society-imposed?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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