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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. 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

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Shakespearean plays tend to have comic relief characters to lighten the drama that is taking place. Describe the characters involved in the Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano trio. What are the comical elements of their scenes? How do they make light of the more serious subplots in the play? What do their scenes do for the play's plot?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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