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. Caliban wanted to populate the island with

2. How does Antonio convince Sebastian to go along with the plan in Act II, Scene I?

3. Prospero gained his power from his books and

4. What does Miranda do when Ferdinand confesses his love for her?

5. Why does Trinculo hide underneath Caliban's robes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Ferdinand's and Miranda's positive qualities function in terms of the other characters?

3. How does Caliban parallel some of Prospero's characteristics in Act II, Scene II?

4. 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?

5. What is the tempest in Ariel's and Prospero's relationship?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Although the metaphor of a tempest suggests an unnatural upheaval in nature that then returns the environment back to normal, is this the case in the play? Do things return to normal by the play's end? Is there more ambiguity than the idea of a tempest suggests? Why, or why not?

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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