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. In All's Well That Ends Well, what must Helena do to gain Bertrand's hand in marriage?

2. What is in the dishes Timon serves his friends?

3. Where does Timon go to live after he abandons humanity?

4. What does Hamlet happen upon when he returns to Elsinore from England?

5. Why does Olivia confuse Sebastian and Viola in Twelfth Night?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Pericles end up marrying Thaisa?

3. How does Pericles lose Thaisa at sea?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Pericles reunite with his daughter and wife at the end of the story?

10. Describe Iago's revenge against Othello.

Essay Topics

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 comedies involve betrayal and reconciliation between family members and friends. Write an essay about three comedies and discuss how friends and family members betray each other. What compels them to do this? What is the fallout from this betrayal? Discuss what events occur that lead to reconciliation among them? What does this redemption say about the nature of friendship, family and love?

Part 1) The Winter's Tale

Part 2) Two Gentlemen of Verona

Part 3) As You Like It

Essay Topic 3

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?

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