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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Petruchio declare he will do if he does not wed Katharine by Sunday?
2. On her second visit to Olivia in Twelfth Night, Viola protests that she will never love a what?
3. How is Laertes killed at the end of Hamlet?
4. In Taming of the Shrew, why does Petruchio say Katharine should not eat on their wedding night?
5. What good do Romeo and Juliet's deaths bring at the end of the story?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
The tragic figure of Shakespeare's stories suffer because they make rash decisions without considering the full ramifications of their actions. Write an essay discussing three tragic figures from the collection and the decisions they make. What drives the most destructive of these choices? What does the character want to accomplish, and what does he or she not consider regarding the ramifications of these choices? How do these choices undo this character, and what is Shakespeare saying about the human condition with this reversal?
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