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 Measure for Measure the law citizens of Vienna are constantly breaking concerns what?

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

3. Which of the following character's is killed when Romeo and Tybalt meet in the street?

4. In Taming of the Shrew, why does Petruchio say Katharine should not eat on their wedding night?

5. How long does Aegeon search for his wife and other son before coming to Ephesus?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Iago's revenge against Othello.

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

10. How does Pericles lose Thaisa at sea?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Stories from Shakespeare, Charles Lamb includes a couple of narratives that fixate on the notion of money and how its accumulation and loss can destroy a human being. Write a two-part essay discussing both of these stories, and sum up the essay by theorizing as to Shakespeare's attitude toward money in general:

Part 1) What role does wealth and the lack of it play in the plot of Merchant of Venice? What characters are affected - either positively or negatively - by the accumulation of money? Who loses his soul in the struggle for money? Who nearly loses his life and is eventually redeemed by money in the story? How is money an ambiguous force in the story?

Part 2) How does Money prove the downfall of Timon of Athens? Discuss how all of his relationships in the story are defined by wealth. In the end, what does Timon believe is the point of money and man's relationship to it? What is Shakespeare saying about wealth in Timon of Athens?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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