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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. For what does Julian ask the Doctor to prescribe?

2. Who does Olivier think can sense "the bloodshed to come?"

3. How does Olivier speak about violence to come?

4. About what are the citizens talking?

5. What does Julian say he has begun to have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has happened while Sigismund has been away?

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

3. How does this scene begin?

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

5. What does the Noble Officer say about the war?

6. Why does Olivier grab a weapon? What does Andrew do with the weapon? Why?

7. Why does the Prisoner torment others?

8. What is the purpose of the sponge?

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

10. How does the scene open?

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

There is a contrast between Olivier and Sigismund. Part 1) Describe each character. Why might they be the way they are? Part 2) How do they differ? Why do they differ? Part 3) How do these differences guide the action that takes place throughout the play? What role does Olivier play in Sigismund's death?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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