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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 keepsake does Iago use to convince Othello that Desdemona is unfaithful?
2. What does Angelo threaten the disguised Duke with at the end of Measure for Measure?
3. What is Sebastian doing the last time Voila sees him in the shipwreck in Twelfth Night?
4. How does Othello die?
5. Whose death is Olivia mourning at the beginning of Twelfth Night?
Short Essay Questions
1. What plot does Claudius concoct to be rid of Hamlet at the end of the story?
2. How does Pericles end up marrying Thaisa?
3. How does Pericles reunite with his daughter and wife at the end of the story?
4. Describe Iago's revenge against Othello.
5. What are the marriages that end Measure for Measure?
6. How does Helena trick Bertram out of his ring in All's Well That Ends Well?
7. In Pericles, how does Marina become a slave?
8. How does Petruchio tame Katharine on their wedding day?
9. Why is Romeo banished from Verona?
10. Why can Orsino not woo Olivia successfully in Twelfth Night?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Shakespeare's stories can span the range of possible settings: some exist in one day and one location, while others take place over many lands and many years. In an essay, compare the two most extreme examples: The Tempest and Pericles. Which is the more compact of the narrative and which the more expansive? What common plot devises and character types do they share? How does each one end, and how does the setting affect the progression of the plot to this finality?
Essay Topic 2
In Shakespeare's day, sea travel was the most common form of extended travel, particularly in the Mediterranean. As such, ship travel and ship wrecks play an important role in his plays as drivers of narrative. Write an essay, citing three stories, of the use of maritime travel in Shakespeare. How does sea travel offer narrative opportunities that land travel does not? Why do so many stories begin with a shipwreck? What narrative needs does he shipwreck provide?
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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