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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. Who acts as go-between for Othello's wooing of Desdemona?
2. Where does Timon go to live after he abandons humanity?
3. What does Petruchio declare he will do if he does not wed Katharine by Sunday?
4. What does Katharine do when Petruchio does not show for their wedding in Taming of the Shrew?
5. What does the jail provost send the Duke in Measure for Measure to ensure Claudio's safety?
Short Essay Questions
1. What plot does Claudius concoct to be rid of Hamlet at the end of the story?
2. How did Aegeon's family come together and get separated in a matter of days?
3. Why does Hamlet kill Polonius?
4. How is Angelo corrupted in Measure for Measure?
5. Why is Othello summoned before the Duke of Venice for his marriage?
6. How does Pericles end up marrying Thaisa?
7. What does Timon do with his chest of gold at the end of his story?
8. Describe Romeo and Juliet's meeting and courtship.
9. How does Helena become betrothed to Bertram in the beginning of All's Well That Ends Well?
10. Why is Hamlet dissolute at the beginning of the story?
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
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 3
Tales from Shakespeare contains stories based on Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies. Write a three part essay, discussing the difference between Shakespearean tragedy and comedy, citing specific examples of each in the three sections:
Part 1) What features make a tragedy in Shakespeare? How do they almost always end? Discuss which components of narrative are always the same in a tragedy. What type of lesson does Shakespeare intend for the writer to take away from the experience? How does he impart these themes?
Part 2) How does a comedy progress? What is the traditional ending to a Shakespearean comedy? Discuss how a comedy develops differently from a tragedy, and what it relates about humanity. What parts of the human existence does Shakespeare omit in writing a comedy?
Part 3) Compare the experience of reading a comedy and tragedy? How do protagonists in each of these differ in terms of their objectives and dynamic nature? Discuss what the reader is supposed to sympathize with in each case.
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