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 Iago suspect Emilia of?

2. In Comedy of Errors, where do the twins of Syracuse seek shelter in Ephesus?

3. How does Othello die?

4. What does Hamlet happen upon when he returns to Elsinore from England?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Pericles lose Thaisa at sea?

5. How are both twins married at the end of Twelfth Night?

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

7. What happens to Aegeon's lost son and servant in Comedy of Errors?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The tragic figure of Shakespeare's stories suffer because they make rash decisions without considering the full ramifications of their actions. Write an essay discussing three tragic figures from the collection and the decisions they make. What drives the most destructive of these choices? What does the character want to accomplish, and what does he or she not consider regarding the ramifications of these choices? How do these choices undo this character, and what is Shakespeare saying about the human condition with this reversal?

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