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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. How does Ignatius respond when the King falls to his knees, asking Ignatius' guidance in how to get his son back?

2. He adds that Julian's spiritual freedom depends on what?

3. How does Julian react when Anton speaks about how glad he will be when the nobleman has gone?

4. The King reminds him that everything he did to his son, Sigismund, he did on who's advice?

5. Over what do Olivier, Pancras and Andrew argue?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. For what does the King blame Julian?

3. What does the Beggar say when the Monk asks what he wants? What does the Porter tell the Monk about the Beggar?

4. How does the scene open?

5. How does Julian feel about joining the King's court?

6. What does Pancras say when Olivier calls the Prisoner a prince? What is Olivier's response to Pancras?

7. What takes place at the beginning of this scene?

8. Why does the King believe he must be listened to?

9. Why does the Prisoner torment others?

10. What does Sigismund say when he enters the scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The dramatic and thematic point of Act 2, Scene 1 is to highlight the difference between earthly influence and spiritual power.

Part 1) Who in this play represents earthly influence? Who represents spiritual power? How is the difference between these highlighted?

Part 2) How is this the theme? What has led up to this theme?

Part 3) How does this theme reinforce the thematic point regarding the value of the spirit, as well as the author's view of earthly influence versus spiritual power?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Poetic language is used.

Part 1) Is poetic language used throughout the entire play? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why might the author choose to use poetic language?

Part 3) Is this more effective and engaging than more prosaic writing? Why or why not?

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