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. Ferdinand is surprised by Miranda, because she

2. What is one way in which Ferdinand's life differs from Miranda's?

3. What does Prospero do at the end of Act III, Scene I?

4. Prospero's magical power comes from

5. What is Prospero's reasoning for why Miranda believes that Ferdinand is the most beautiful man she has ever known?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the initial scene at sea foreshadow in the play?

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

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

5. What does Ariel do when Antonio and Sebastian draw their swords and why?

6. How do Ferdinand's and Miranda's positive qualities function in terms of the other characters?

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

8. What is the metaphorical significance of the storm at sea in the exposition of the play?

9. What is the intention of Prospero's plan when he has Ariel lead Ferdinand to Miranda?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alonso's character is the only person to appear remorseful for his past misdeeds. Do you believe his remorse to be genuine, or is he as unrepentant as Antonio and Sebastian? Why, or why not? Cite evidence from the play.

Essay Topic 2

Symbolically, what does the scene involving Caliban, Trinculo, Stephano and the gaudy clothing mean? When Trinculo and Stephano put the clothes on, what and who do they represent?

Essay Topic 3

Who and what is Ariel? He was already on the island before Prospero arrived, but all of the other spirits are conjured by Prospero. They only exist within the play because Prospero bids them. Does Ariel fall into this category, or is he an independent spirit? If Ariel has his own magical powers, why does he serve Prospero when he could use his powers to leave? Support your response with specific examples from the play.

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