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

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

3. What is the banquet supposed to elicit in the men?

4. In Act IV, Scene I, Prospero's speech mirrors that of which other character?

5. Who are "the rabble"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although the metaphor of a tempest suggests an unnatural upheaval in nature that then returns the environment back to normal, is this the case in the play? Do things return to normal by the play's end? Is there more ambiguity than the idea of a tempest suggests? Why, or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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