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. Who are "the rabble"?

2. Who does Prospero feel betrayed by in Act IV, Scene I?

3. What does Prospero comment on in regard to Antonio and Sebastian?

4. What subplot comes to an end at the completion of Act IV, Scene I?

5. In Act IV, Scene I, how is Prospero feeling toward Caliban?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the significance of Stephano and Trinculo dressing up in the ostentatious clothing Prospero lays out for them?

6. In Prospero's final speech at the play's end, what is the significance of his contemplation of his death? How does it link to his now ended revenge?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

Prospero uses his magic to conjure a banquet for his enemies. Why does he do this, rather than use his magic in a different way to punish them? What is the significance of the banquet? What was Shakespeare's intention with the inclusion of this scene?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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