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 sound does Prospero conjure to frighten Trinculo, Stephano and Caliban?

2. In Act V, Scene I, who do Sebastian and Antonio make jokes about after Ariel brings everyone back?

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

4. What does Prospero order Ariel to fetch when he is ready to reveal his identity to the men?

5. What part of the scene in which Caliban plans the assassination is somewhat poetic and shows the depth of Caliban?

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. Describe the tempest and how it is developed metaphorically throughout the play and eventually ended.

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

4. Following the magical performance with dancing spirits, Prospero recites one of two famous soliloquies. What does he speak of in the soliloquy and who does he parallel with this soliloquy?

5. What is Stephano's ulterior motive in the plan to murder Prospero?

6. How does Gonzalo's understanding about Antonio's and Sebastian's plan reveal a similarity between himself and Ferdinand and Miranda?

7. In Prospero's soliloquy after the magical performance, what is the significance of his reference to the nature of being and the nature of life?

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

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

10. How does Ariel instill remorse in some of the characters when he appears following the banquet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The exposition of a story is the anchor that grounds all details of the plot. However, the placement of exposition within a story can vary. What is your understanding of the exposition in "The Tempest?" Where does it take place? Why does it take place at that point in the play? What is the significance of that placement?

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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