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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. Why does Prospero conjure the spirits to dance for Ferdinand and Miranda?
(a) He saw Ferdinand getting too close to Miranda.
(b) He wanted to surprise them with an early wedding gift.
(c) He was bored and wanted the entertainment.
(d) He wanted to display his power to Ferdinand.

2. What does Alonso wonder about when he sees that Trinculo, Stephano and Caliban are intoxicated?
(a) If Prospero made them drunk.
(b) If their intoxication came from something they ate on the island.
(c) When their intoxication will wear off.
(d) Where they procured the wine.

3. Who are "the rabble"?
(a) Stephano, Trinculo and Caliban.
(b) Gonzalo, Miranda and Ferdinand.
(c) Ariel, Prospero and Miranda.
(d) Alonso, Antonio and Sebastian.

4. While discussing the plan with Caliban, what is Stephano's main objective?
(a) To escape back to the ship.
(b) To find his shipmates.
(c) To kill Caliban.
(d) To marry Miranda.

5. What does Stephano admit to Prospero at the end of the play?
(a) That he was not really going to kill him.
(b) That he still wants to be king.
(c) That he would have made a poor king.
(d) That it was his idea to kill him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Ariel and Prospero do to disguise themselves from Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano?

2. Why do Sebastian and Antonio vow to help Alonso find Ferdinand following the banquet?

3. By the beginning of Act III, Scene II, what is the state of Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano?

4. Which character says: "We are such stuff/As dreams are made on"?

5. Why do Trinculo and Stephano threaten to beat Caliban?

Short Essay Questions

1. Following the magical performance with dancing spirits, Prospero recites one of two famous soliloquies. What does he speak of in the soliloquy and who does he parallel with this soliloquy?

2. Who does Prospero refer to as "the rabble" prior to the magical performance with the dancing spirits?

3. How, or how not, is Prospero similar to Antonio in Act IV, Scene I?

4. In Prospero's soliloquy after the magical performance, what is the significance of his reference to the nature of being and the nature of life?

5. In Act V, Scene I, what is a clue that Antonio and Sebastian are not as repentant of their past misdeeds as Alonso?

6. Describe Prospero's journey that leads to his transformation at the end of the play.

7. What does Prospero do following his revelation about the futility of revenge and his self realization?

8. How does Ariel meddle with the Stephano, Trinculo and Caliban trio in Scene II of Act III?

9. Why does Prospero, in Act IV, Scene I, decide to torment Trinculo, Stephano and Caliban rather than continue his revenge on Antonio?

10. How does Gonzalo's understanding about Antonio's and Sebastian's plan reveal a similarity between himself and Ferdinand and Miranda?

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