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 does Angelo threaten the disguised Duke with at the end of Measure for Measure?

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

3. In Comedy of Errors, how can a merchant from Syracuse avoid death in Ephesus?

4. What does Petruchio declare he will do if he does not wed Katharine by Sunday?

5. Which character is not killed by Hamlet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What wager is involved in the final part of Taming of the Shrew?

2. How do Romeo and Juliet die?

3. How did Aegeon's family come together and get separated in a matter of days?

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

5. How does Pericles end up marrying Thaisa?

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

7. What plot does Claudius concoct to be rid of Hamlet at the end of the story?

8. What does Timon do with his chest of gold at the end of his story?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Shakespeare's stories often involve a divide between the town - with its merchants and political squabbles - and the country, a setting of ease and merriment. Citing specific stories from the text, discuss in an essay how Shakespeare uses this divide in his stories. What can occur in the country that cannot in the town? How are interactions different? Why do people choose to - or are forced to - leave the city? Do comedies or tragedies use this device more often?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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