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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. Who does Pancras tell Olivier is making the noise?

2. How does Ignatius respond when the Young Monk reads a quote about an innocent man being condemned?

3. How does Olivier refer to the Prisoner?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sigismund imitate Christ?

2. How does Julian refer to Sigismund and the King?

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

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

5. What does Julian want Sigismund to do with the royal robes? What is Sigismund's response?

6. What suddenly happens to Sigismund?

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

8. Who enters with two noblemen?

9. What happens to the singing? When does this happen?

10. What does Sigismund say when he sees the Doctor's shocked expression?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Sigismund's sanity is questioned in Act. 4.

Part 1) Describe Sigismund in this act. Why is his sanity questioned?

Part 2) What is your conclusion to this question regarding his sanity? Why?

Part 3) How might this relate to Christ and the people with which he came into contact?

Essay Topic 3

The King is an intriguing character.

Part 1) Describe the King. Why is he intriguing?

Part 2) Why does he act the way he does? How does his medieval life reinforce his behavior?

Part 3) How does his behavior reflect society in 1930s Germany, when this play was written?

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