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 does Trinculo wonder about Caliban after listening to his drunken speech?

2. The only nobleman who has a calm and positive attitude during the storm at sea is

3. Who leads Ferdinand to Prospero?

4. What does Ferdinand say he is willing to do to win Miranda?

5. Ferdinand is surprised by Miranda, because she

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act II, Scene II, why does Caliban drop to the ground when Trinculo appears?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What are the characteristics of Ferdinand and Miranda that come off as potentially negative, but are overshadowed by their positive qualities?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the importance of the exposition within a story? What does it do? Where in The Tempest is the exposition? Think about character development, plot and foreshadowing of events to come. Cite examples from the play's exposition that accomplish these objectives.

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

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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