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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 did the prophecy contain?

2. What does Julian tell Sigismund he has come to bring him?

3. What is the setting of this scene?

4. What are the Ten Prohibitions?

5. What is heard at the gate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the prophecy contain?

2. What does the Peasant Woman say and do when Sigismund cries out for his real mother?

3. For what does the King blame Julian?

4. What is the purpose of the sponge?

5. What does Sigismund say about the old regime?

6. How does Olivier speak to those around him at the beginning of the scene?

7. What does the King hope about Ignatius?

8. How will Sigismund's new order be different from the old?

9. How does Sigismund imitate Christ?

10. How does Sigismund react when Juilan encourages him to take the power he is being offered?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Negative comments are made about Jews.

Part 1) What are the comments that are made? Why are they made?

Part 2) How would audiences in 1930s Germany react to these comments? Would their reactions different from how audiences would react today? Why or why not?

Part 3) What is the author's opinion of Jews, based on this play? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

The confrontation between Sigismund and the King in the second part of the third act is the play's first climax.

Part 1) Describe the confrontation. Why does the confrontation take place? How is this confrontation foreshadowed?

Part 2) What does this confrontation symbolize? How do you know this?

Part 3) What can a reader or audience member learn from this confrontation? What is the purpose of this confrontation?

Essay Topic 3

The relationship between Sigismund and the Children's King is important.

Part 1) Describe their relationship. Why is their relationship like this?

Part 2) Why is their relationship important?

Part 3) What does their relationship symbolize? What is the audience supposed to get from this relationship? Why?

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