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

2. Prospero distracts the three men from their plan of revenge; who distracts Prospero from his?

3. Why does Prospero abruptly stop the marriage ceremony and change his mood?

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

5. What does Caliban ask Stephano to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Do you think Prospero will actually give up his magic? He only talks of it, but does not actually do it. Why or why not?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the importance of the exposition within a story? What does it do? Where in The Tempest is the exposition? Think about character development, plot and foreshadowing of events to come. Cite examples from the play's exposition that accomplish these objectives.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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