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 beginning of The Tempest takes place

3. Ferdinand is surprised by Miranda, because she

4. How long ago was Antonio's usurpation of Prospero's throne in Milan?

5. How does one character finally get Caliban to calm down in Act II, Scene II?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When Caliban starts babbling to Stephano and Trinculo about what he can show them on the island, what is Trinculo's initial thought?

4. How are Miranda and Ferdinand different, but also the same?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Alonso helped Antonio usurp Prospero's throne. Why does Prospero have Ariel lull him to sleep? What does this scene say about Alonso's character?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Caliban a monster? Is he simply a product of his environment? Argue this question, citing specific examples from the play that either prove or disprove his humanity. What do you think Shakespeare intended?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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