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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 believe Caliban to be?

2. Prospero was formerly the Duke of

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

4. When Act II, Scene II opens, what is Caliban doing?

5. Caliban is the offspring of

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Following the magical performance with dancing spirits, Prospero recites one of two famous soliloquies. What does he speak of in the soliloquy and who does he parallel with this soliloquy?

4. What does the initial scene at sea foreshadow in the play?

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

6. What is the significance of Stephano and Trinculo dressing up in the ostentatious clothing Prospero lays out for them?

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

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

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

10. How does Antonio persuade Sebastian to go along with the plan to assassinate Alonso and take over Naples?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Prospero truly undergo a "transformation" by the end of The Tempest? What is the evidence to prove or disprove this?

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

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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