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. In speaking to Stephano, what does Caliban describe as very important?

2. Who accuses Alonso, Antonio and Sebastian of being the men of sin?

3. What does Prospero comment on in regard to Gonzalo?

4. Who listens in on Caliban's and Stephano's conversation?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Prospero conjure the banquet for Antonio, Alonso, Sebastian and Gonzalo?

2. 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?

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Who and what is Ariel? He was already on the island before Prospero arrived, but all of the other spirits are conjured by Prospero. They only exist within the play because Prospero bids them. Does Ariel fall into this category, or is he an independent spirit? If Ariel has his own magical powers, why does he serve Prospero when he could use his powers to leave? Support your response with specific examples from the play.

Essay Topic 3

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

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