The Taming of the Shrew Test | Mid-Book 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. What is Baptista’s last name in the play?

2. Petruchio arrives to visit whom in Act I, Scene II?

3. Petruchio claims his father was known throughout which country in Act II, Scene I?

4. Who is the “the fat ale-wife of Wincot” that Christopher Sly mentions in Scene II of the Induction?

5. What Elizabethan interjection does Gremio exclaim in Act II, Scene I?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is an “induction”? What is the subject of the Induction in The Taming of the Shrew?

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

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

6. What characters (in disguise) are introduced in Act I, Scene II?

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

8. How is Petruchio’s character generally interpreted in productions 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 the theme of appearance and reality manifest in the Induction and Act I?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define “motif” in drama and literature and discuss the motif of marriage in The Taming of the Shrew. Of what importance was marriage for women during this time period? Upon what principles were marriages based? How do the characters in the play feel about marriage?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of disguise in the play. How many characters have decided to assume disguises in Act I? Why does Lucentio choose to disguise himself to Baptista’s household? Why does Hortensio?

Essay Topic 3

Plot Structure

a. Discuss the plot structure of The Taming of the Shrew. In what ways is the narrative related and what effect does this have on the reader/audience?

b. How does The Taming of the Shrew compare with other plays written during this time period? Are there specific stylistic elements that can be seen in Shakespeare’s writing?

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