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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 does Julian order be done to Sigismund?

2. Why can Sigismund not see his father and mother, according to Julian?

3. Of what does Anton assure the Doctor about Sigismund?

4. What does the King want to do to Ignatius?

5. What does Anton urge the Doctor to give the Prisoner?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sigismund react when Julian appears? What does Julian do when he sees Sigismund's reaction?

2. What is heard in the distance?

3. How does this scene begin?

4. What does the Doctor think about the Prisoner's soul?

5. What is the purpose of the sponge?

6. How does this act begin?

7. How does Sigismund imitate Christ?

8. Who enters with two noblemen?

9. How does Anton react to this news? What other news does Simon give Anton?

10. What does Andrew suggest they do, after Olivier hears a noise? What is Olivier's response to Andrew?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The play's secondary point is that the kind of spiritual life Sigismund leads is ideal.

Part 1) Describe Sigismund's spiritual life. Why might it be ideal?

Part 2) What does the author expect the audience to do with this knowledge? Use the text to support your response.

Part 3) How does Sigismund reveal to the audience what the author might expect from a leader in real life? Use the text for support.

Essay Topic 2

The play has an allegorical point of view.

Part 1) What is an allegory? Give an example of another story that is allegorical.

Part 2) What makes this play allegorical? Give two examples from the play to prove it is allegorical.

Part 3) Why might the author have made this play allegorical? What are your thoughts on the play having an allegorical point of view? Would this play be as engaging or effective if it were not allegorical? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Aspects of both Sigismund and Christ's lives are violent.

Part 1) How are their lives violent? Why are they violent?

Part 2) How does this violence affect each of them? Are they affected the same way? Why or why not?

Part 3) To what end does this violence lead for both Sigismund and Christ? What message does this send to the audience?

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