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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 Sigismund respond when Julian tells him he has to drink the potion to go on a journey?

2. What does Julian order be done to Sigismund?

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

4. What does the King do when the Young Monk reads another quote?

5. Who does Pancras tell Olivier is making the noise?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the conversation with the Peasant Woman reveal?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the purpose of the sponge?

10. How does the scene open?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Act 5, Part 2 is a climactic scene.

Part 1) Describe this scene. How is it climactic?

Part 2) How has the rest of the play led up to this climax?

Part 3) Is the outcome of this climax what you had expected? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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