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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. Prospero gained his power from his books and

2. What is Prospero's reasoning for why Miranda believes that Ferdinand is the most beautiful man she has ever known?

3. Prospero was formerly the Duke of

4. When Miranda first meets Ferdinand, she believes he is

5. Prior to Prospero releasing him, Ariel was stuck for twelve years in a

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Prospero make it difficult for Ferdinand to be with Miranda?

4. How does the audience learn about Caliban's past on the island?

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

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

7. How does the audience learn about Ariel's past on the island?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Antonio used Prospero and took advantage of him fifteen years prior to the play in Milan. Can it be argued that Alonso was as much a victim of Antonio's manipulation as Prospero was? What about Sebastian? Support your argument with examples from the text.

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

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.

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