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. Why do Trinculo and Stephano threaten to beat Caliban?

2. What does Prospero say about Caliban's distorted looks?

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

4. Who are "the rabble"?

5. In speaking to Stephano, what does Caliban describe as very important?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Prospero do following his revelation about the futility of revenge and his self realization?

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

5. In Act V, Scene I, what is a clue that Antonio and Sebastian are not as repentant of their past misdeeds as Alonso?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. How does the tempest created by Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano come to an end after they put on the gaudy clothes?

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

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

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

"We are such stuff/As dreams are made on." Who says this in a famous soliloquy in "The Tempest?" What is the meaning of this verse? What is its significance in regard to the rest of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Shakespearean plays tend to have comic relief characters to lighten the drama that is taking place. Describe the characters involved in the Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano trio. What are the comical elements of their scenes? How do they make light of the more serious subplots in the play? What do their scenes do for the play's plot?

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