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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the Lord’s page in the Induction?
(a) Bartholomew
(b) Tranio
(c) Curtis
(d) Gremio

2. What word from the stage directions in Scene II of the Induction refers to instruments or accessories?
(a) Ordinances
(b) Appurtenances
(c) Carry-alongs
(d) Predestinations

3. For how many years do the Servants tell Christopher Sly he has been living in a dream in Scene II of the Induction?
(a) 15
(b) 12
(c) 5
(d) 20

4. The Lord orders his page to disguise himself as what in the play’s Induction?
(a) A knight
(b) A lady
(c) A merchant
(d) A priest

5. Christopher Sly claims that his present occupation is that of what in Scene II of the Induction?
(a) An innkeeper
(b) A tinker
(c) A haberdasher
(d) A tailor

Short Answer Questions

1. The Lord claims he would not lose his hunting hound for how much money in Scene I of the Induction?

2. By what name does Gremio introduce Lucentio (in disguise) in Act II, Scene I?

3. What wife of Socrates does Petruchio mention in Act I, Scene II?

4. How many “vile terms” does Hortensio say Katharina called him in Act II, Scene I?

5. Act I, Scene II takes place before whose house?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the theme of disguise and role-playing apply to the Induction?

2. How does Petruchio respond to Hortensio’s warning in Act I, Scene II? What plan do these friends develop?

3. What plot do Lucentio and Tranio concoct in Act I, Scene I? What is their objective with this scheme?

4. From where does Petruchio arrive in Act I, Scene II? What is his objective in Padua?

5. How would you characterize Tranio’s performance in his disguise in the play?

6. What matter of business does Baptista attend to after agreeing to Katharina’s marriage in Act II?

7. How does Petruchio respond to Baptista’s stipulations in Act II, Scene I?

8. How does Petruchio introduce himself in Act II, Scene I?

9. How is Katharina’s character established as “shrewish” in Act II?

10. How does the theme of gender roles apply in the Induction of The Taming of the Shrew?

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