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. What keeps Ferdinand going as he does Prospero's work?

2. What does Antonio offer to do in order to persuade Sebastian to go along with the plan?

3. What does Sebastian wonder about Antonio and his usurpation of Prospero's throne?

4. As Caliban becomes drunk, what is one of the things he promises to Trinculo and Stephano?

5. After Ariel completes his duties, Prospero promises to

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How can Prospero's use/treatment of Miranda be characterized?

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

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

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

7. How does Antonio persuade Sebastian to go along with the plan to assassinate Alonso and take over Naples?

8. In Act III, Scene I, what contrasts are shown between Ferdinand and Miranda?

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

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

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.

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

Prospero uses his magic to conjure a banquet for his enemies. Why does he do this, rather than use his magic in a different way to punish them? What is the significance of the banquet? What was Shakespeare's intention with the inclusion of this scene?

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