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 keeps Ferdinand going as he does Prospero's work?

2. What does Miranda impulsively do in Act III, Scene I?

3. Prospero and Miranda were not killed when expelled from Milan because

4. Prospero promises to free Ariel in

5. Antonio's treatment of Prospero when they were in Milan mirrors

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the metaphorical significance of the storm at sea in the exposition of the play?

2. How does Caliban parallel some of Prospero's characteristics in Act II, 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. What function in the play is served by Act II, Scene II with Trinculo, Stephano and Caliban?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of Miranda and Ferdinand's union? Is it true love, or a scheme orchestrated by Prospero? What role does it play in "The Tempest?" Cite specific 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

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?

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