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, which of the following characters does not return to France immediately after Bertrand's marriage in Italy?

2. How does Pericles win the Thaisa's hand in marriage?

3. Why does Pericles have to flee Greece at the beginning of the story?

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

5. Who does Olivia marry at the end of Twelfth Night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Hamlet kill Polonius?

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

6. How does Helena become betrothed to Bertram in the beginning of All's Well That Ends Well?

7. What are the marriages that end Measure for Measure?

8. How does Helena trick Bertram out of his ring in All's Well That Ends Well?

9. How does Pericles lose Thaisa at sea?

10. How do Romeo and Juliet die?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In his stories, Shakespeare deals with individuals that hurt and betray their fellow man. These characters have many disparate reasons for doing this. Discuss three such malefactors and their motivations in an essay:

Part 1) Why does Macbeth choose to kill Duncan, his king? What external forces impel him to commit this evil act, and why does he acquiesce to them? Discuss how Macbeth makes progressively more evil choices to protect himself. What is Shakespeare saying about the way evil men are made?

Part 2) What drives Shylock to insist upon a pound of flesh as payment from his rival Antonio? What does his place in Venetian society have to do with this? To what extent does Antonio represent this marginalized place?

Part 3) How is Iago different from the other villains in Shakespeare's stories? What drives him to destroy Othello, Cassio, and Desdemona? Does he hold a grievance against all of them? To what extent does Shakespeare present Iago as a portrait of pure evil?

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

Tales from Shakespeare translates the plays of William Shakespeare into a series of twenty stories intended for children. In this process, Charles Lamb has kept some of the more adult themes that were present in the plays. Write an essay in three parts dealing with the prevalence of adult themes in the collection:

Part 1) In comedies like The Winter's Tale and Much Ado About Nothing and tragedies like Othello, Shakespeare deals with infidelity and mistrust between lovers. How do these themes manifest themselves? Which characters suffer as a result, and what is learned from this painful experience?

Part 2) In King Lear and Hamlet, in particular, Shakespeare deals with the duty a child owes his or her parents. Discuss the strained relationships at the center of these stories. What sense of neglect or betrayal exists in them? How are these relationships more intense forms of everyday struggles?

Part 3) Shakespeare deals fairly unsparingly with intolerance in The Merchant of Venice and Othello. What types of intolerance are discussed in these stories? Which characters subjugate which? What is learned about this type of racial and religious intolerance over the course of the narrative?

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