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 Ferdinand protest when Prospero accuses him of wanting to take over the island?

2. The only two men Miranda has seen prior to meeting Ferdinand are

3. What does Ferdinand say about Miranda in comparison to all of the women he has encountered?

4. Although the ship passengers believe the ship is gone, it is actually

5. Antonio castigates the Boatswain during the storm, because he believes the sailors are

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Trinculo's plan for Caliban when he sees that he is actually a man?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the reason Prospero gives for Miranda's attraction to Ferdinand?

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

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

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

Based on Prospero's character throughout the play and your personal thoughts on whether or not he truly underwent a "transformation," write an epilogue for The Tempest. Five or ten years following their departure from the island, write what you believe would happen over the course of that time given what you understand about the play and what seems most logical. What happens to all of the characters?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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