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. How many crowns adorn Tamburlaine's plate?

2. What country is threatened with invasion?

3. Who is the King of Persia?

4. What object does Tamburlaine use to feed Bajazeth?

5. Who is the brother to Mycetes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Callapine and the other kings react upon receiving the news about Tamburlaine's army?

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

3. How does Tamburlaine learn about the location of the hidden treasure the Governor has offered as a bribe?

4. What are Mycetes thoughts on war?

5. Olympia kills her son and attempts to kill herself to save from being tortured. Why is Olympia not allowed to die?

6. It is clear that Tamburlaine is admired. What/who does Tamburlaine compare himself to?

7. How does the Governor react when Tamburlaine and others urge him to surrender?

8. What is the purpose of creating a Part Two to the play?

9. How do Zenocrate and Zabina react to the battle between their men?

10. What final words of advice does Tamburlaine give to Amyras?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast the personalities of Amyras, Celebini, and Calyphas. Which would be the most effective as Tamburlaine's successor? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The story ends with Amyras and Celebinus mourning the death of Tamburlaine. Neither claims to have the spirit left for conquest. Describe how Tamburlaine's death affected his sons. How might Tamburlaine's legacy be carried on? Which son will be the most successful? Will Tamburlaine's sons be able to fulfill their father's prophecy?

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