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. Who does Bertrand marry at the end of All's Well That Ends Well?

2. How is Viola's work with Orsino immediately complicated in Twelfth Night?

3. What self-destructive habit does Timon of Athens have at the beginning of his story?

4. In Timon of Athens, the titular character invites his friends to a what?

5. What disguise does the Duke maintain while Angelo is in power in Measure for Measure?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Angelo corrupted in Measure for Measure?

2. Why does the Duke of Vienna give up power at the beginning of Measure for Measure?

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

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

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

6. How does Helena become betrothed to Bertram in the beginning of All's Well That Ends Well?

7. How does Helena trick Bertram out of his ring in All's Well That Ends Well?

8. How does Pericles end up marrying Thaisa?

9. How does Pericles lose Thaisa at sea?

10. What are the marriages that end Measure for Measure?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many Shakespearean stories involve an individual attempting to subvert a social structure: Macbeth, Othello, Shylock, Hamlet, Katharine. Write an essay about three such characters and discuss how this attempt progresses in the story. Why does this character choose to subvert this system? What does he or she want to achieve, and what subversive actions does he or she take? How does this character end up as a result?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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