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

2. When awakened, Alonso asks Sebastian and Antonio why they have their swords drawn. What is their excuse?

3. At the end of Act II, Scene II, what is Caliban doing?

4. Why does Ariel leave Antonio and Sebastian awake?

5. How does Antonio convince Sebastian to go along with the plan in Act II, Scene I?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Prospero render Ferdinand immobile during Act I, Scene II?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prospero was always interested in studying and learning, and he applied these interests to his magic book on the island. He uses the powers he gained from the book to teach his enemies a lesson. Was Prospero simply delighting in the use of his magical powers? If so, is it logical to think he will just give them up as he claims he will? Why, or why not? Cite examples from the play to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

"We are such stuff/As dreams are made on." Who says this in a famous soliloquy in "The Tempest?" What is the meaning of this verse? What is its significance in regard to the rest of the play?

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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