The Tempest Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. After sending Ariel to release the men from the cave, what does Prospero vow to do?

2. What does Prospero order Ariel to fetch when he is ready to reveal his identity to the men?

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

4. What does Gonzalo contrast to the character of his present company during the banquet?

5. What is Prospero surprised at when Ariel tells him that Antonio, Alonso, Sebastian and Gonzalo are upset and remorseful?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

What is the significance of the title "The Tempest"? What does it symbolize? Cite specific examples of how this symbolism is used in the play.

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