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. For how long will the potion given Juliet keep her in a state of apparent death?

2. How does Romeo gain entrance to the Capulets' ball?

3. Who does Orsino marry at the end of Twelfth Night?

4. What does Iago suspect Emilia of?

5. When does Aegeon's son ask Aegeon if he can search for his twin and mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is the opening of Twelfth Night similar to the story that begins Comedy of Errors?

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

5. Why is Romeo banished from Verona?

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

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

8. Describe Iago's revenge against Othello.

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

10. Describe Romeo and Juliet's meeting and courtship.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Love is a frequent theme of Shakespeare's narratives, but love in his comedies is markedly different from love in his tragedies. Write an essay comparing the way couples interact in Shakespearean comedy and tragedy. What does the courtship - provided it is shown - look like? Is deception involved? In comedies, why does Shakespeare always end after the marriage? What occurs after the marriage in Shakespeare's tragedies? What does this say about Shakespeare's attitude toward the institution of marriage?

Essay Topic 2

Coincidence plays an important role in all of the Shakespearean narratives. Individuals lose and find each other often, and always at just the right moment. Write an essay three cases of coincidence that are important to drawing the narrative forward in the story:

Part 1) How does Hermione end up in the cave where her long-estranged brothers live? Discuss the series of unconnected circumstances that drew her to this place, and why she immediately leaves it. How is all made right and this reunion explained in the end of Cymbeline?

Part 2) Discuss how Leontes loses his child at the beginning of The Winter's Tale. What series of events bring her back to him with a significant suitor? Were any of these events perpetrated by the repentant Leontes? What is the result of Paulina's return at the end of the play?

Part 3) How does the life of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, mean that coincidence is always a factor for him? Discuss the process by which Pericles loses his entire family and how he gets them back. What factors - supernatural and natural - contribute to this reunion?

Essay Topic 3

In much of Shakespeare's writing, the natural and the supernatural interact, with mysticism coloring and driving the course of human events. Write an essay about three such instances, discussing the function and form of supernatural events:

Part 1) What is the story of A Midsummer Night's Dream before the introduction of the fairy world? How do the fairies affect the human world? Is this effect intentional or incidental to their business? Discuss how the events of this fairy world color the events of the Athenian youths.

Part 2) How does the realm of magic come into play in The Tempest? Who is reacting and fighting against magic, and who is controlling it? Discuss the way magic is used in the narrative as a driver of story. What magical figures are central to this story, and what specific actions do they undertake?

Part 3) What do the witches of Macbeth represent? How are they catalysts for the action, driving human interaction and rash action? Chart their appearances throughout the story. What promises do they make to the main character, and how do these promises prove false in the end?

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