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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. What does Ferdinand say about Miranda in comparison to all of the women he has encountered?

2. Who leads Ferdinand to Prospero?

3. What is the true motivation behind Prospero's grand plan for Miranda and Ferdinand?

4. Prospero's magical power comes from

5. What does Prospero think about Ferdinand's and Miranda's attraction to each other?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the metaphorical significance of the play's title, "The Tempest"?

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

4. What does the drunken Stephano think he sees when he happens upon Caliban and Trinculo?

5. What is the reason Prospero gives for Miranda's attraction to Ferdinand?

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

7. What function in the play is served by Act II, Scene II with Trinculo, Stephano and Caliban?

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

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

10. Why does Miranda regret telling Ferdinand her name so quickly?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prospero is a puppet master. Evaluate this statement by examining his relationships with others and why you believe it to be true or false. Cite examples from the play that prove or disprove this statement.

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of Miranda and Ferdinand's union? Is it true love, or a scheme orchestrated by Prospero? What role does it play in "The Tempest?" Cite specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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