Twelfth Night Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What kind of instrument is the jester carrying when he enters with Viola in Act III Scene I?

2. Regarding Malvolio, Maria says in Act III Scene II, “he does smile his face into more lines than is in the new map with the augmentation of” what?

3. Olivia’s last lines in Act IV Scene III are: “Then lead the way, good father; and heavens so shine, that they may fairly note this” what?

4. After reading Sir Andrew Aguecheek’s letter to Cesario, Sir Toby Belch remarks that Cesario will find the letter comes from what in Act III Scene IV?

5. What character says “Nothing that is so is so” in Act IV Scene I?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Viola/Cesario saved from the duel in Act III Scene IV?

2. What character flaw might be blamed for Malvolio’s circumstances in Act IV?

3. What happens in the conclusion of Act IV? How does Sebastian feel about his situation?

4. Describe the character of Sir Andrew Aguecheek. How does Sir Toby Belch describe his friend?

5. What is Olivia’s reaction upon seeing Malvolio in his bizarre garb in Act III Scene IV?

6. What leads to Viola’s discovery that her brother is alive in Act III Scene IV?

7. How does Feste illustrate the theme of disguise in Act IV Scene II?

8. How does the character of Feste differ from all of the other main characters in the play? Who is offended by Feste’s observations?

9. What does Feste attempt to convince Malvolio of in Act IV Scene II?

10. What leads to Antonio’s feelings of betrayal in Act III Scene IV?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define and discuss “asides” in drama and literature. What is the purpose of asides? How do they serve to inform the audience of a character’s motivations? What are examples of asides used in Twelfth Night? How do these examples serve to inform the audience?

Essay Topic 2

Define, discuss, and analyze the subplot which develops in Act II Scene III. How does this subplot relate to the main plot of the narrative? What is the purpose of a subplot? How common were the use of subplots within Shakespeare’s works?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the philosophies on love and life discussed between Viola/Cesario and Orsino in Act II Scene IV. How do their philosophies differ? Do you believe these differences are based upon gender? Why or why not?

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