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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the true motivation behind Prospero's grand plan for Miranda and Ferdinand?
(a) That it will spite Alonso and any plans he had for his son.
(b) That it will finally get him and his daughter off of the island.
(c) It is not specifically defined.
(d) That it is a good union that will bring Naples and Milan together.

2. How long ago was Antonio's usurpation of Prospero's throne in Milan?
(a) Seventeen years.
(b) Fifteen years.
(c) Ten years.
(d) Twenty years.

3. Caliban believes the island is
(a) Prospero's.
(b) His birthright.
(c) Doomed.
(d) Haunted.

4. Antonio is the brother of
(a) Ferdinand.
(b) Alonso.
(c) Prospero.
(d) Sebastian.

5. Why does Prospero tell the story of their past to Miranda?
(a) Because she wants to hear a story.
(b) Because she is concerned about the people on the ship.
(c) Because she has always asked him about it.
(d) Because she wants to know where they came from.

Short Answer Questions

1. Prospero and Miranda were not killed when expelled from Milan because

2. What is Prospero's reasoning for why Miranda believes that Ferdinand is the most beautiful man she has ever known?

3. Alonso becomes more distraught after losing his son, remembering that he has also lost

4. Caliban wanted to populate the island with

5. Caliban is the offspring of

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the audience learn about Ariel's past on the island?

2. Why does Prospero make it difficult for Ferdinand to be with Miranda?

3. Why does Prospero render Ferdinand immobile during Act I, Scene II?

4. How is Act I, Scene II with Miranda and Ferdinand a kind of exposition for the plot?

5. Why does Prospero create the tempest? What is his initial incentive?

6. In Act III, Scene I, Ferdinand recites a soliloquy as he stacks wood. What does he talk about?

7. How are Miranda and Ferdinand different, but also the same?

8. How does Caliban parallel some of Prospero's characteristics in Act II, Scene II?

9. In Act III, Scene I, what contrasts are shown between Ferdinand and Miranda?

10. How does Act II, Scene I further character development for the audience?

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