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. In Act I, Scene II, what does Prospero promise to Ariel for the second time?

2. Prior to Prospero's arrival on the island, Ariel was imprisoned by

3. Ferdinand is the prince of

4. What does Caliban beg of Stephano when he first meets him?

5. What does Miranda urge Ferdinand to do while he is working?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Alonso helped Antonio usurp Prospero's throne. Why does Prospero have Ariel lull him to sleep? What does this scene say about Alonso's character?

10. When Caliban starts babbling to Stephano and Trinculo about what he can show them on the island, what is Trinculo's initial thought?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although the metaphor of a tempest suggests an unnatural upheaval in nature that then returns the environment back to normal, is this the case in the play? Do things return to normal by the play's end? Is there more ambiguity than the idea of a tempest suggests? Why, or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The exposition of a story is the anchor that grounds all details of the plot. However, the placement of exposition within a story can vary. What is your understanding of the exposition in "The Tempest?" Where does it take place? Why does it take place at that point in the play? What is the significance of that placement?

Essay Topic 3

Ferdinand, Miranda and Gonzalo are considered moral beacons throughout the play. Compare them to other characters in the play, citing examples where their moral and pure characteristics directly contrast with the play's more treacherous characters.

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