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

2. In his soliloquy in Act IV, Scene I, what does Prospero insinuate a personal connection to?

3. What does Prospero throw into the ocean?

4. Who else does Prospero ask Ariel to bring back in Act V, Scene I?

5. What story does Prospero tell Alonso, Gonzalo, Sebastian and Antonio?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Antonio's character is tested by Prospero throughout the course of the play. Is he truly remorseful for his past wrongdoings, or does he just feel threatened by Prospero? Why, or why not? Cite examples from scenes where Antonio is tested by Prospero and explain how Antonio passes or fails those tests.

Essay Topic 2

"We are such stuff/As dreams are made on." Who says this in a famous soliloquy in "The Tempest?" What is the meaning of this verse? What is its significance in regard to the rest of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Alonso's character is the only person to appear remorseful for his past misdeeds. Do you believe his remorse to be genuine, or is he as unrepentant as Antonio and Sebastian? Why, or why not? Cite evidence from the play.

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