Selection Test (Online): The Tempest

What causes Antonio and the other passengers to desert their ship in Act I of The Tempest? Prospero uses magic to create a storm and make the passengers believe the ship is breaking up.
According to Act I of The Tempest, why does Ariel willingly serve Prospero and carry out his commands? because Prospero rescued him from imprisonment
When Prospero and Miranda were first cast away, who helped them and how? The royal counselor, Gonzalo, by stowing food, water, garments, and books aboard their small boat
According to Act I of The Tempest, why have Prospero and Miranda turned against Caliban? because Caliban attacked Miranda
According to Act I of The Tempest, which of the following events does Prospero bring about or plan to bring about? Choose three options. to free Ariel permanently from his serviceto achieve revenge against his brother Antonioto arrange a marriage between Ferdinand and Miranda
Which of the following is the best definition of perfidious? untrustworthy and dishonest
Which of the following is the best example of treacherous behavior? betraying someone’s trust
What does it mean to usurp a leadership position? to seize it illegally or by force
In The Tempest, Act I, what does Caliban most likely mean when he tells Miranda, “You taught me language, and my profit on’t / Is, I know how to curse”? He means that Miranda has harmed him because she has shown him there is a wider world beyond his reach.
When Prospero says in Act I of The Tempest that he has more commands for Ariel, Ariel protests as follows:Ariel. Remember, I have done thee worthy service,Told thee no lies, made thee no mistakings, servedWithout or grudge or grumblings. Thou didst promiseTo bate me a full year.What does Ariel’s speech imply about the relationship between him and Prospero? Ariel believes he can rely on Prospero’s sense of justice.
A. Which of the following best characterizes Miranda as Shakespeare presents her in Act I of The Tempest?B. Which of the following lines of dialogue from the play best supports the answer to Part A? A. kind and compassionateB. Miranda. . . . Oh, I have suffered / With those that I saw suffer! A brave vessel / . . . Dashed all to pieces!
A. Which best explains why Caliban obeys Prospero’s orders in Act I of The Tempest?B. Which of the following lines from the play best support the answer to Part A? A. because Caliban knows that Prospero can use magic to force obedienceB. Caliban. . . . His art is of such pow’r / It would control my dam’s god, Setebos, / And make a vassal of him.
A. Aristocrats and commoners mix freely in Act I of The Tempest, both on the island and on board ship. Which best describes the relations between the high-ranking aristocrats and the lower-ranking commoners?B. Which of the following lines of dialogue from the play best supports the answer to Part A? A. Commoners speak their minds freely to aristocrats as if equals.B. Boatswain. . . . Hence! What cares these roarers for the name of king? To cabin! Silence! Trouble us not!
A Shakespearean romance typically features dark themes with hints of violence. Which of the following best describes a dark and violent theme Shakespeare introduces in Act I of The Tempest? the danger of uncontrolled passions
A Shakespearean romance typically features an unrealistic plot. Which of the following aspects of the plot that unfolds in Act I of The Tempest can best be described as unrealistic? Ferdinand suggests marriage the moment he sees Miranda.
A. [Enter Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Ferdinand, Gonzalo, and others.]Alonso. Good boatswain, have care. Where’s the master? Play the men.Boatswain. I pray now, keep below. Antonio. Where is the master, bos’n?Boatswain. Do you not hear him? You mar our labor. Keep your cabins; you do assist the storm. Gonzalo. Nay, good, be patient.Boatswain. When the sea is. Hence! What cares these roarers for the name of king? To cabin! Silence! Trouble us not! Gonzalo. Good, yet remember whom thou hast aboard. Boatswain. None that I more love than myself. You are a councilor; if you can command these elements to silence and work the peace of the present, we will not hand a rope more. Use your authority. If you cannot, give thanks you have lived so long, and make yourself ready in your cabin for the mischance of the hour, if it so hap. Cheerly, good hearts! Out of our way, I say.Which feature of a Shakespearean romance is best illustrated by this excerpt?B. Which words from the lines from the play best support the answer to Part A? A. characters representing a variety of social levelsB. Where’s the master, bos’n; councilor; authority
Given your knowledge of the suffix -ous, identify the best definition of glamorous. having the quality of glamour
Given your knowledge of suffixes, choose the word that means “full of contempt.” contemptuous
According to Act II of The Tempest, which of the following best describes the society that Gonzalo would like to create on the island? He would create a utopia of social and economic equality.
Which of the following are among the reasons Antonio suggests killing Alonso in Act II of The Tempest? Choose two options. Antonio lacks the conscience that would make him hesitate to commit a murder.Antonio is tired of paying tributes to Alonso and knows he will not have to pay them to Sebastian.
In Act II of The Tempest, how does Antonio persuade Sebastian that if they kill Alonso, Sebastian can become King of Naples? by arguing that Alonso’s daughter is too far from Naples to interfere
In Act II of The Tempest, how does Ariel prevent Alonso’s assassination? He wakes Alonso and Gonzalo by murmuring a warning of danger.
In Act II of The Tempest, why does Caliban hide under his cloak when Trinculo appears? because he thinks that Prospero has sent Trinculo to punish him
What is a person entitled to as a result of succession? rank or inheritance
Which is the most likely meaning of heir in the following sentence?The only valuable assets I can pass on to my heir are a few modern paintings. one to whom you leave your property
Which of the following best describes what it means to supplant someone? to replace the person by unethical means
In Act II, Scene i, of The Tempest, Antonio says to Sebastian, “O, that you bore the mind that I do!” Which of the following best describes the difference in “mind,” or personality, between the two characters as they appear in this scene? Antonio is ambitious and acts on his ambition. Sebastian is ambitious but must be egged on to take action.
A. According to Act II of The Tempest, which of the following best explains why Prospero, through Ariel, prevents the murders of Alonso and Gonzalo?B. Which of the following choices best supports the answer to Part A? A. because Alonso and Gonzalo are important to the success of his own plansB. Ariel. My master through his art foresees the danger / . . . and sends me forth / (For else his project dies) to keep them living.
Trinculo. By this good light, this is a very shallow monster! I afeard of him? A very weak monster! The Man i’ th’ Moon! A most poor credulous monster! Well drawn, monster, in good sooth!Which statement best describes Trinculo’s opinion of Caliban, as expressed in this speech? He is disrespectful of Caliban.
A. Which of the following best describes Stephano as Shakespeare presents him in Act II, Scene ii, of The Tempest?B. Which of the following lines of dialogue from the play best supports the answer to Part A? A. foolish and ignorantB. Stephano. I escaped upon a butt of sack … by this bottle which I made of the bark of a tree with mine own hands since I was cast ashore.
Gonzalo. But the rarity of it is—which is indeed almost beyond credit—Sebastian. As many vouched rarities are.Gonzalo. That our garments, being, as they were, drenched in the sea, hold, notwithstanding, their freshness and glosses, being rather new-dyed than stained with salt water.Antonio. If but one of his pockets could speak, would it not say he lies?Sebastian. Ay, or very falsely pocket up his report.Which best describes the effect of Shakespeare’s choice to have these aristocratic characters speak in prose instead of in blank verse? The prose allows the dialogue to be more casual and funny.
Alonso speaks in blank verse throughout Act II, Scene i, of The Tempest, while Sebastian, Antonio, and the others speak many of their lines in prose. Which statements best describe the effect of Shakespeare’s choice to have Alonso speak in blank verse? Choose two options. It shows that Alonso grieves more than the others for Ferdinand’s supposed death.It reminds the audience that Alonso is the highest-ranking character in the group.
A. Caliban. I prithee, let me bring thee where crabs grow;And I with my long nails will dig thee pignuts,Show thee a jay’s nest and instruct thee howTo snare the nimble marmoset. I’ll bring theeTo clust’ring filberts, and sometimes I’ll get theeYoung scamels from the rock. Wilt thou go with me? Stephano. I prithee now, lead the way without any more talking. Trinculo, the Kingand all our company else being drowned, we will inherit here. Here, bear my bottle. FellowTrinculo, we’ll fill him by and by again.Which is the most reasonable comparison to be made about Caliban and Stephano from their dialogue?B. Which of the following choices best supports the answer to Part A? A. Caliban is of higher social rank than Stephano.B. Caliban speaks in blank verse. Stephano speaks in prose.
The Latin root -ord- or -ordin- refers to “order” or “rank in a series.” The word subordinate is formed from -ord- and the Latin prefix sub-. Given this information and your knowledge of the Latin prefix sub-, which of the following is the likeliest meaning of subordinate? one who is lower in rank
The Latin root -press- means “to squeeze, push, or weigh down.” The word suppress is formed from -press- and the Latin prefix sub- or sup-. Given this information and your knowledge of Latin prefixes, which of the following is the likeliest meaning of suppress? push down
Gonzalo. . . . Then wisely, good sir, weighOur sorrow with our comfort.Alonso. Prithee, peace.Sebastian. [Aside to Antonio] He receives comfort like cold porridge.Antonio. [Aside to Sebastian] The visitor will not give him o’er so.Sebastian. Look, he’s winding up the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.What impression do Antonio and Sebastian make on the audience through their diction in this scene? They make a bad impression because they mock Gonzalo for being kind.
Stephano. . . . If I can recover him, and keep him tame, and get to Naples with him, he’s a present for any emperor. . . . If I can recover him and keep him tame, I will not take too much for him. He shall pay for him that hath him, and that soundly.What do Stephano’s words and thoughts indicate about his character? He can make the most of a chance opportunity.
Caliban. I prithee let me bring thee where crabs grow;And I with my long nails will dig thee pignuts,Show thee a jay’s nest, and instruct thee howTo snare the nimble marmoset. I’ll bring theeTo clust’ring filberts, and sometimes I’ll get theeYoung scamels from the rock. Wilt thou go with me?What do Caliban’s words and style of speaking indicate about his character? He is vividly alive to the natural world around him.
What do Ferdinand and Miranda agree to do at the end of Act III, Scene i, of The Tempest? They agree to marry as soon as possible.
Why does Prospero spy on Ferdinand and Miranda’s conversation in Act III of The Tempest? to find out whether Ferdinand truly loves Miranda
In Act III of The Tempest, what temptations cause Stephano to accept Caliban’s suggestion that Stephano murder Prospero? Choose two options. rule of the islandmarriage with Miranda
What does Caliban identify as the source of Prospero’s power in Act III of The Tempest? Prospero’s library of books
In Act III of The Tempest, how does Alonso react when Ariel accusation accuses him of wrongdoing against Prospero? He admits his guilt and expresses remorse.
If Keisha is invulnerable, which of the following must be true? Keisha cannot be harmed.
Which of the following would you most likely find in a thesaurus entry of synonyms for valiant? Base your answer on the meaning of valiant as it is used in Act III of The Tempest. brave, courageous
Which of the following situations from Shakespearean plays is the best example of vigilance? Marcellus and Bernardo keep watch from the battlements of Elsinore at night.
A. Which of the following best describes Ferdinand’s attitude as he hauls wood on Prospero’s orders in Act III of The Tempest?B. Which of the following lines of dialogue from the play best supports the answer to Part A? A. He makes the best of the situation.B. Ferdinand. . . . This my mean task / Would be as heavy to me as odious, but / The mistress which I serve . . . / . . . makes my labors pleasures….
A. Which of the following best describes Miranda’s character in Act III of The Tempest?B. Which of the following quotes from the play best supports the answer to Part A? A. She is so much in love that she forgets Prospero’s demands.B. Miranda. . . . But I prattle / Something too wildly, and my father’s precepts / I therein do forget.
In The Tempest, Act III, Scene ii, Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo discuss their plans. Ariel, hiding nearby, repeatedly interrupts Caliban, saying, “Thou liest.” Caliban and Stephano believe it is Trinculo speaking. Which is the most reasonable conclusion to draw about Ariel’s motive for breaking into the conversation? In The Tempest, Act III, Scene ii, Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo discuss their plans. Ariel, hiding nearby, repeatedly interrupts Caliban, saying, “Thou liest.” Caliban and Stephano believe it is Trinculo speaking. Which is the most reasonable conclusion to draw about Ariel’s motive for breaking into the conversation?
Caliban. Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not.Sometimes a thousand twangling instrumentsWill hum about mine ears; and sometime voicesThat, if I then had waked after long sleep,Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,The clouds methought would open and show richesReady to drop upon me, that, when I waked,I cried to dream again. The audience realizes that Caliban is a complex character who can be lyrical and sensitive as well as earthy and brutish.
Two subplots of The Tempest—the Sebastian-Antonio plot and the Caliban-Stephano-Trinculo plot—involve characters making secret plans. Which best describes the central idea Shakespeare addresses in both of these subplots? resentment against one’s superiors or masters
The main plot of The Tempest involves Prospero’s determination to exact revenge from Alonso, Antonio, and Sebastian. How do Prospero’s actions in the Ferdinand-Miranda subplot relate to the main plot? Prospero fosters Alonso’s belief that Ferdinand is dead by keeping Ferdinand hidden.
A. Which best describes the subplot of The Tempest that involves Prospero and Ariel?B. Which of the following lines from the play best supports the answer to Part A? A. Prospero confides his story and his plans to Ariel. Ariel helps Prospero carry out his plans.B. Ariel. . . . But remember / (For that’s my business to you) that you three / From Milan did supplant good Prospero / . . . for which foul deed / The pow’rs delaying, not forgetting, have / Incensed the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures, / Against your peace. . . .
The suffix -ous makes a base word or root into an adjective meaning “characterized by” or “full of.” Given this information and your knowledge of the Latin root -val-, which is the most likely definition of the word valorous? full of courage
Which group of words best captures the meaning of the Latin root -val-? strong, worthy, courageous
What agreement does Prospero make with Miranda and Ferdinand at the start of Act IV of The Tempest? He agrees to let them get married.
What are Prospero’s purposes in staging the pageant for Ferdinand and Miranda in Act IV of The Tempest? Choose two options.
In Act IV of The Tempest, what tricks does Ariel say he played on Stephano, Trinculo, and Caliban? Choose two options.
What happens when Stephano and Trinculo approach Prospero’s cell in Act IV of The Tempest?
What does Prospero do to punish Trinculo, Stephano, and Caliban at the end of Act IV of The Tempest? He sends dogs and goblins to chase and torment them.
Which is the most likely meaning of opportune in the following sentence?The high temperatures and bright sunshine made it an opportune time to go to the beach. favorable
Which best describes an industrious manner of carrying out a task? A person works hard at the task until it is completed.
Which of the following is the best definition of incite? to encourage strongly
In Act IV of The Tempest, the spirit playing Iris says that Cupid “has broke his arrows, / Swears he will shoot no more, but play with sparrows / And be a boy right out.” Which of the following most clearly explains what Iris means? Cupid, the god of desire and attraction, promises not to shoot the lovers with his arrows.
Ferdinand. As I hope For quiet days, fair issue and long life, With such love as ’tis now, . . . . . . shall never melt Mine honor into lust, to take away The edge of that day’s celebration When I shall think or Phoebus’ steeds are foundered Or Night kept chained below.Which of the following best explains Ferdinand’s meaning?
A. Which best describes how Ariel feels, given his words and actions up to the end of AB. Which of the following choices best supports the answer to Part A?

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