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. Which king is mentioned first in this scene?

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

3. To which of these is Tamburlaine not compared?

4. What is a "basso?"

5. What is the name of Bajazeth's son?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Callapine's plan for escape from the jail?

2. What are Mycetes thoughts on war?

3. What suggestion does Meander make to Mycetes in light of the defection?

4. How does Bajazeth react to the news that Tamburlaine intends to challenge his rule over the Turkish Empire?

5. Why does Tamburlaine tell his sons to cease mourning? Where should they focus their attentions?

6. What is a sign of strength according to Bajazeth? What promotes Zabina's worth?

7. How is Tamburlaine introduced into the story?

8. Why is Theridimas upset with himself?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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 becomes convinced of his own godlike status in Part 1, Act 2. What makes Tamburlaine think he has the same powers as Ancient Greek gods and heroes? How do Tamburlaine's subordinates feel about the proclamation? Do you think Tamburlaine is tempting fate or wrath of the gods with this statement? Is Tamburlaine over confident or delusional?

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