Tamburlaine the Great Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does Mycetes ask Cosroe to speak instead of holding the conference himself?

Mycetes has a difficult time expressing himself and making his point clear. Cosroe is much better and therefore is the speaker.

2. How is Tamburlaine introduced into the story?

Mycetes takes over the speech from Cosroe who ridicules him. Mycetes reveals that the impending invasion comes from Tamburlaine, a thief with ambitions to govern Persia.

3. To whom does Cosroe reveal his plans to take over the throne? Who is in support of the plan?

Cosroe reveals to Menaphon that several Persian nobles and army commanders are preparing to have him (Cosroe) declared king in Mycetes' place.

4. How do the lords respond to Cosroe's plan? What happens after the announcement of Cosroe's intentions?

As Menaphon responds with flattering support, two of Mycetes' lords return with a crown, which they pace on Cosroe's head as they proclaim him the new king.

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