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. At the beginning of Act IV, Scene I, what does Prospero tell Ferdinand?

2. What motif does the scene between Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano and their assassination plan reflect?

3. What do Ariel and Prospero do to disguise themselves from Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano?

4. Who else does Prospero ask Ariel to bring back in Act V, Scene I?

5. What does the banquet scene reveal about Alonso, Sebastian and Antonio?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Prospero truly undergo a "transformation" by the end of The Tempest? What is the evidence to prove or disprove this?

Essay Topic 2

Antonio used Prospero and took advantage of him fifteen years prior to the play in Milan. Can it be argued that Alonso was as much a victim of Antonio's manipulation as Prospero was? What about Sebastian? Support your argument with examples from the text.

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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