The Tempest 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. Although coming from different worlds, Miranda and Ferdinand are similar because of their

2. Antonio is the brother of

3. What does Prospero state in an aside about Ferdinand?

4. When he was Duke of Milan, Prospero turned his duties over to

5. What is the strange noise that Gonzalo claims he heard?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Act II, Scene II, why does Caliban drop to the ground when Trinculo appears?

3. During the storm, what can the audience already infer about Antonio's character and why?

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

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

6. What is the tempest in Ariel's and Prospero's relationship?

7. What is Trinculo's plan for Caliban when he sees that he is actually a man?

8. What is the basic understanding of Antonio's and Prospero's history?

9. How is Prospero similar to both Antonio and Gonzalo?

10. How do you think Miranda's and Ferdinand's union can positively affect Prospero?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prospero was always interested in studying and learning, and he applied these interests to his magic book on the island. He uses the powers he gained from the book to teach his enemies a lesson. Was Prospero simply delighting in the use of his magical powers? If so, is it logical to think he will just give them up as he claims he will? Why, or why not? Cite examples from the play to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

Antonio's character is tested by Prospero throughout the course of the play. Is he truly remorseful for his past wrongdoings, or does he just feel threatened by Prospero? Why, or why not? Cite examples from scenes where Antonio is tested by Prospero and explain how Antonio passes or fails those tests.

Essay Topic 3

Antonio used Prospero and took advantage of him fifteen years prior to the play in Milan. Can it be argued that Alonso was as much a victim of Antonio's manipulation as Prospero was? What about Sebastian? Support your argument with examples from the text.

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