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 part of the scene in which Caliban plans the assassination is somewhat poetic and shows the depth of Caliban?

2. What does Stephano admit to Prospero at the end of the play?

3. How does Ariel appear to the men during the banquet?

4. What does Prospero order Ariel to do when Stephano, Trinculo and Caliban run off?

5. Who does Caliban talk about at length to Stephano?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of Miranda and Ferdinand's union? Is it true love, or a scheme orchestrated by Prospero? What role does it play in "The Tempest?" Cite specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Ferdinand, Miranda and Gonzalo are considered moral beacons throughout the play. Compare them to other characters in the play, citing examples where their moral and pure characteristics directly contrast with the play's more treacherous characters.

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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