Tamburlaine the Great Test | Mid-Book 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 is the name of the person with whom Zenocrate speaks?

2. To which god is Tamburlaine compared?

3. Where are Bajazeth and Zabina being held?

4. Which of the following describes Bajazeth's children?

5. To whom does Sigismund pray?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Tamburlaine admonish one of the kings for saying that Amyras is cruel?

2. What causes Zenocrate to declare her love for Tamburlaine? How does Agydas react?

3. How is Callapine introduced in this scene? What are his intentions?

4. What is Cosroe's reaction to the defeat of Mycetes?

5. How does Tamburlaine greet Almeda? What will be done to acknowledge Almeda's assistance to Callapine?

6. Why does Tamburlaine mock the kings after they are captured?

7. What is Callapine's plan if he is successful in escaping from Tamburlaine's jail?

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

9. How is Tamburlaine introduced into the story?

10. What are the protests heard from Amyras and Celebinus when Tamburlaine says he is dying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think Cosroe's treatment of Mycetes in Part 1, Act 1, Scene 1 was intentional to make Mycetes look bad in front of the court? How long do you think Cosroe had been planning to stage a coup? What might Mycetes's reaction have been when he learned of the betrayal? Who might have been against Cosroe's plan? How might Cosroe's actions affect the battle against Tamburlaine?

Essay Topic 2

After all the proselytizing and planning by Callapine, why did he flee so quickly upon spotting Tamburlaine? Was it not obvious that Tamburlaine was dying? What happened to Callapine's conviction? Do you think Callapine's troops were for or against the retreat?

Essay Topic 3

A common theme in the play is deception. What made it so easy for soldiers and regents to switch sides before battle? Are there any cases in which the traitors were justified? If so, who was the traitor? What was the justification? How were traitors dealt with in the play? What type of punishment would you have used?

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