The Winter's Tale Test | Mid-Book 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. How does the Oracle characterize Leontes?

2. What does Antigonus tell the king he does to save the life of the infant?

3. If Hermione is adulterous, what does Antigonus want to do to his daughters?

4. What does Leontes call for at the beginning of the trial?

5. Who tells the king that Mamillius dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Paulina do when the guard tells her that no one sees the queen?

2. What is the king waiting for before killing the queen?

3. What does Time say about Perdita?

4. What does Camillo advise Polixenes to do regarding Leontes and the charge of adultery?

5. Who is Florizel, and where does he spend his time?

6. Why do Leontes and Perdita not want Paulina to close the curtain on the statue of Hermione?

7. Why does Antigonus want his daughters sterilized?

8. When Archidamus invites Camillo to Bohemia, how does Archidamus describe Bohemia?

9. What is a soliloquy?

10. What are some of the indications that the statue of Hermione is actually Hermione?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Is Hermione's action, pretending to be dead for so many years, a justifiable reaction to Leontes treatment of her? Why or why not? Cite specific examples from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

What is the symbolism of Perdita's flowers? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

How are Polixenes and Leontes similar characters? Use specific examples from the play to support your answer.

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