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. Prospero tells Miranda that in order to usurp his power, Antonio allied himself with

2. Who ties to calm down Caliban in Act II, Scene II?

3. What is one of Sebastian's reservations about Antonio's plan in Act II, Scene I?

4. Alonso is the king of

5. What does Antonio offer to do in order to persuade Sebastian to go along with the plan?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Why does Miranda regret telling Ferdinand her name so quickly?

4. How do you think Miranda's and Ferdinand's union can positively affect Prospero?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the metaphorical significance of the play's title, "The Tempest"?

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

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 3

Ferdinand, Miranda and Gonzalo are considered moral beacons throughout the play. Compare them to other characters in the play, citing examples where their moral and pure characteristics directly contrast with the play's more treacherous characters.

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