Will in the World Test | Final Test - Hard

Stephen Greenblatt
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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 did Will buy for his family in Stratford during this time?

2. What is the basic plot of Will’s play Richard II?

3. Which of these descriptions does NOT reflect Will’s relationship with the Globe Theater?

4. Which character in one of Will’s works especially reflects the encounters that Will had with two of the members of the important group of playwrights in London?

5. What is the name of another epic poem that Will wrote?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who defended Will and his work after the criticism voiced by Robert Greene? Why might this person have defended Will?

2. Describe why Will’s play Richard II was not well-received by Queen Elizabeth.

3. Chapter 9 describes how Queen Elizabeth’s doctor was executed publicly. How did the watching crowd respond? How did this response affect Will’s later works?

4. In what ways were Christopher Marlowe and Will similar?

5. What was the Globe? What was its significance? Why was it moved to another location?

6. What was Will’s response to the fact that Richard II was not well-received by Queen Elizabeth?

7. What is Venus and Adonis? What is it about?

8. Describe the prominent group of playwrights in London during Will’s day. Name two of the members of this group.

9. Why was Will’s removal of explained motivation for the actions of his characters important?

10. Who was the Earl of Southampton? What impact did he have on Will’s career?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Will’s own religious preferences. What faith did Will espouse? Did he have sympathy for those of other faiths, or was he intolerant? How was religion presented in his theatrical works? Was there something other than religion that was of utmost importance to Will? How do you know this?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Will’s return to Stratford near the end of his life. Why did he return to Stratford? For what reasons did he not want to stay in London? How did this impact his career? Did his move have a negative or positive effect on his work? What relationships drove his decision to move back to Stratford?

Essay Topic 3

Define the environment of Will’s early years. What are some specifics of his early education? What is the town like in which he grew up? What impact did his education and the atmosphere of his town have on his theatrical works?

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