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. Who provides music and sings along with Stephano and Trinculo?

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

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

4. What is the parallel to Trinculo and Stephano dressing up in borrowed clothes?

5. Why does Alonso believe, following the false banquet, that Ferdinand is dead?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prospero is a puppet master. Evaluate this statement by examining his relationships with others and why you believe it to be true or false. Cite examples from the play that prove or disprove this statement.

Essay Topic 2

Prospero was always interested in studying and learning, and he applied these interests to his magic book on the island. He uses the powers he gained from the book to teach his enemies a lesson. Was Prospero simply delighting in the use of his magical powers? If so, is it logical to think he will just give them up as he claims he will? Why, or why not? Cite examples from the play to support your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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