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

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

3. Ignatius says everything the King is and has ever been is nothing but what?

4. Sigismund says he feels so powerful that he can do what?

5. How does Anton respond to Julian's interest to join the court?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the King instruct the Monk to do?

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

3. How does the scene open?

4. What does the King say Sigismund must do?

5. What did the prophecy contain?

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

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

8. What does Sigismund say about the old regime?

9. What are Olivier and his rebels doing to the peasants?

10. What does Julian tell Sigismund about his father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sigismund comments that he is his own father and son.

Part 1) Why does he say this? How is he both his own father and son?

Part 2) What does this statement symbolize?

Part 3) Compare his relationship with his father to Christ's with his Father.

Essay Topic 2

The tower has significant symbolic value.

Part 1) Describe the tower. Why is this also the title of the book?

Part 2) What does the tower symbolize? Why is it significant?

Part 3) What should the audience take with them after seeing this play? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Act 3, Part 1 serves mostly to build suspense about what will happen when the King and Sigismund finally confront each other.

Part 1) How does this scene build suspense? What is the purpose of this?

Part 2) What role does the Confessor play in this scene? How does the King respond to the Confessor's advice? Why does he respond this way?

Part 3) What other Christ references are made in this chapter? What do they foreshadow? Why does the author use these as foreshadowing devices?

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