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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 Olivier speak to the guards?

2. What does Sigismund say about man, as Julian calls for the guards?

3. In front of the tower, why does Olivier bully and berate a young Recruit?

4. Specific parallels to _____ story appear throughout the play, making thematic points about the importance of integrity, faith and tensions between spiritual and earthly power.

5. The conviction was the direct result of what before the Prisoner was born?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the play end?

2. How does the Confessor respond to the King?

3. What is heard in the distance?

4. How does Anton respond to seeing the charred straw?

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

6. How does this act begin?

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

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

9. What does the King say Sigismund must do?

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Part of the play's thematic point relates to the value of the spirit.

Part 1) Prove this statement.

Part 2) What is meant by the spirit? Is the spirit valuable? Why or why not?

Part 3) What might this thematic point reveal about the author? Is the spirit valuable to the author? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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