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The Tempest Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does one character finally get Caliban to calm down in Act II, Scene II?



2. Why does Trinculo hide underneath Caliban's robes?



3. Gonzalo's attempt to comfort his king are mocked by whom?



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



5. Why does Stephano believe that Caliban and Trinculo are some sort of wild beasts when he sees them under the blanket?



Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Prospero will actually give up his magic? He only talks of it, but does not actually do it. Why or why not?



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



3. How does Prospero's treatment of Caliban mirror Antonio's past treatment of Prospero?



4. In Act II, Scene I, Ariel lulls Gonzalo, Adrian and Alonso to sleep. Why not Antonio and Sebastian?



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



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



7. Describe the tempest and how it is developed metaphorically throughout the play and eventually ended.



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



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



10. What spirits does Prospero summon for the magical performance when he sees Ferdinand getting too close to Miranda?



Essay Topics

Is Caliban a monster? Is he simply a product of his environment? Argue this question, citing specific examples from the play that either prove or disprove his humanity. What do you think Shakespeare intended?

What is the significance of the title "The Tempest"? What does it symbolize? Cite specific examples of how this symbolism is used in the play.

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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