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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 II, Scene I, what does Petruchio say “are for winds, / That shake not, though they blow perpetually”?

2. Katharina tells her father in Act II, Scene I, “You have show'd a tender fatherly regard, / To wish me wed to one” what?

3. Petruchio states in Act II, Scene I, “And where two raging fires meet together, / They do consume the thing that feeds” what?

4. What word from the stage directions in Scene II of the Induction refers to instruments or accessories?

5. Christopher Sly claims to have “no more doublets than” what in Scene II of the Induction?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Lucentio and Tranio introduce themselves in Act II, Scene I? What do Baptista and Petruchio agree upon in this scene?

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

3. How is Petruchio’s character generally interpreted in productions of The Taming of the Shrew?

4. What takes place during Katharina and Petruchio’s first meeting in Act II, Scene I?

5. What takes place between Katharina and Bianca in the opening of Act II?

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

7. Who is Christopher Sly? What events surround him in Scene I of the Induction?

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

9. What can be discerned about Baptista’s daughters from the conversation in Act I, Scene I?

10. How does Petruchio describe his plan for dealing with Katharina as he waits to meet her in Act II, Scene I?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of soliloquies in The Taming of the Shrew. How do these literary/dramatic devices give the reader/audience insight into the characters’ inner thoughts? Are the characters alone on stage while delivering soliloquies? What are famous examples of soliloquies in The Taming of the Shrew?

Essay Topic 2

Define and discuss “asides” in literature and drama. What is the purpose of an aside? How do asides differ from soliloquies? What are examples of asides used in The Taming of the Shrew? How do these examples serve the play?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the characters of Lucentio and Tranio in the play. How does Shakespeare’s language and style of speech indicate the character traits of these individuals in the play? What indications are there in the text regarding the characters’ appearances? How old are Lucentio and Tranio?

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