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 Katharine do when Petruchio does not show for their wedding in Taming of the Shrew?

2. In Timon of Athens, the titular character invites his friends to a what?

3. What is Sebastian doing the last time Voila sees him in the shipwreck in Twelfth Night?

4. What does the King of France suspect Bertrand of in All's Well That Ends Well?

5. Where does Romeo meet Juliet after the ball where they meet?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Pericles lose Thaisa at sea?

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

3. Why is Romeo banished from Verona?

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

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

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

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

8. What challenge does Bertram make to Helena in All's Well That Ends Well?

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

10. What is the state of affairs between Ephesus and Syracuse in Comedy of Errors?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Shakespeare - like all writers of the Renaissance - has a central amount of stock character types that recur in his stories: the tenacious lover, the jealous companion, the conniving monarch, etc. In an essay, choose a character type that recurs throughout several stories. How does this character generally function in the story? Does he or she generally find success or ruin? Why do you think this is? Cite from the appropriate stories to illustrate your essay.

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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