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 does Prospero conjure in order to derange Alonso, Gonzalo, Antonio and Sebastian while they are resting?

2. What spirits does Prospero conjure after blessing Ferdinand and Miranda's marriage?

3. Who are "the rabble"?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why does Prospero, in Act IV, Scene I, decide to torment Trinculo, Stephano and Caliban rather than continue his revenge on Antonio?

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

5. What spirits does Prospero summon for the magical performance when he sees Ferdinand getting too close to Miranda?

6. After Ariel tells Prospero where Antonio, Alonso, and Sebastian are, what causes Prospero to realize that it is not revenge he wants, but penitence?

7. 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?

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

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

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

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 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

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.

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