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 does Ariel bring back at Prospero's request?

2. When Trinculo and Stephano wonder where the music is coming from, what is Caliban's reasoning?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Act V, Scene I, why does Prospero whisper to Antonio and Sebastian that he knows of their plans to kill Alonso?

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

4. What is the significance of Gonzalo's comment about the gentleness of the spirits at 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. How does the tempest created by Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano come to an end after they put on the gaudy clothes?

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. 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?

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

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

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

What is the purpose of the musical scenes in The Tempest? What do they do for the plot? The characters? The audience? Cite examples from the play and bear in mind Shakespeare's contemporary period.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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