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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. Why can not see the Governor?

2. What does Ignatius reminds the King about marriage between a man and woman?

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

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. As the Man and the Recruit continue to speak in poetic language about signs of approaching violence, what does Olivier do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of the sponge?

2. How does Anton feel about joining the King's court?

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

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

5. What does Olivier think he hears?

6. How does the play end?

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

8. How does Sigismund imitate Christ?

9. For what does the King blame Julian?

10. Why does the Prisoner torment others?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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