The Tempest Test | Final 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 is the banquet supposed to elicit in the men?

2. Why does Prospero conjure the spirits to dance for Ferdinand and Miranda?

3. After sending Ariel to release the men from the cave, what does Prospero vow to do?

4. While discussing the plan with Caliban, what is Stephano's main objective?

5. Why does Alonso believe, following the false banquet, that Ferdinand is dead?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act V, Scene I, why does Prospero whisper to Antonio and Sebastian that he knows of their plans to kill Alonso?

2. How does Caliban reveal his humane side in Act III, Scene II?

3. How does Ariel meddle with the Stephano, Trinculo and Caliban trio in Scene II of Act III?

4. Do you think Prospero will actually give up his magic? He only talks of it, but does not actually do it. Why or why not?

5. Who does Prospero refer to as "the rabble" prior to the magical performance with the dancing spirits?

6. How does a tempest begin with the Trinculo, Stephano and Caliban subplot?

7. What is the significance of Gonzalo's comment about the gentleness of the spirits at the banquet?

8. How, or how not, is Prospero similar to Antonio in Act IV, Scene I?

9. Describe Prospero's journey that leads to his transformation at the end of the play.

10. Why does Prospero conjure the banquet for Antonio, Alonso, Sebastian and Gonzalo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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