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 item does Mycetes decide to hide?

2. Who is quick to praise Tamburlaine?

3. Who proposes peace talks instead of war?

4. What item does Tamburlaine claim is the finest ever?

5. According to the person, Zenocrate should have ______ the actions of Tamburlaine.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Tamburlaine's wish for Zenocrate's soul?

4. What causes Calyphas to proclaim his eagerness to kill?

5. Why does Calyphas refuse to fight? What does Calyphas do instead?

6. Why does Almeda refuse Callapine's offer of a kingdom?

7. Why is Tamburlaine disappointed in the behavior of his children?

8. What happens to Zenocrate? How does Agydas eventually die?

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

10. Why does Cosroe decide to defect to Tamburlaine's side?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Sultan of Egypt, Zenocrate's father, is threatened with death when Tamburlaine invades Damascus. What could Zenocrate do or say to protect her father and their home? How did the Sultan react when he came in contact with Tamburlaine? What will happen when he learns of Zenocrate's love for his enemy? How will Tamburlaine react when he meets Zenocrate's father? Do you believe that the Sultan would be happy to give up his kingdom for regency?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Tamburlaine claims his efforts are blessed by the gods who continue to provide good fortune. Do you think Tamburlaine has been blessed? Are the people and things Tamburlaine has accrued due to blessings or through treachery and thievery as the Persians believe? How might Tamburlaine have achieved those things otherwise? What do you think Tamburlaine will do with all the land and riches?

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