The Tempest Act 1 Scene 1-2

Who was in charge of the ship during the storm at sea? Ship-master
Why did Alonso, the king, interfere with the Boatswain’s work in securing the ship during the storm? He was accustomed to being the supreme authority
Where did the Boatswain tell the king and his courtiers to go? To their cabins below
Who were the first to go to their cabins below the top deck? Alonso and Ferdinand
What joke does Gonzalo tell concerning the Boatswain? That the boatswain was borned to be hanged and need not to fear drowning
How does this joke affect the rest of the passengers and crew? If the Boatswain does not drown then the rest will also be spared
How do Sebastian and Antonio react to the Boatswain? They curse the Boatswain and call them names
How does the Boatswain respond to Sebastian’s and Antonio’s insulting remarks? He told them “work you then” if they don’t like the way he is handling the job
How does Antonio decide to die in the storm at sea? He wants to sink into the sea with the king
How loyal is Sebastian to his brother, the king? Not very loyal. he wants to leave him when he thinks the ship is shinking
Why does Miranda ask her father to calm the storm at sea? She knows that he has raised the tempest with his magic and he also has the power to calm the storm
How does Prospero comfort Miranda’s fears about the suffering people on the ship? He tells Miranda that there has been “no harm done”
Does Miranda remember anything about her life before she came to the island? She remembers thar several women waited on her in Milan
How old was Miranda when they arrived on the island? She was not yet three
In what way did Antonio dispose of Prospero and Miranda after he had usurped his dukedom? They were put in a “rotten carcass of a butt” without a sail and left on the sea to drown
Why did Antonio spare the lives of Prospero and Miranda? Prospero was loved by his people and Antonio wanted to stay in their good graces as the new Duke of Milan
Why did Antonio put Prospero and Miranda on an old boat without a sail? He wanted their deaths to look like an accident
Where did Prospero and Miranda get their supplies for the island? Gonzalo
Why did Prospero raise the storm at sea with his magic? It had been his good fortune to have his enemies arrive off the shore of the island, and this was his chance to regain his dukedom
How long had Prospero and Miranda lived on the island? 12 years
What three elements of nature does Ariel represent in this scene? Air, water, and force
How does Ariel “burn in many places” during the tempest? He divides himself and becomes several fires on the ship during the tempest
What did the passengers of the ship do when they were afraid of dying? All except the Mariners plunged into the foaming sea
What did Ariel do with the passengers? Ariel brought the passengers to the shore safe and dispersed them in groups around the island
What did Ariel do with the mariners? Put them to sleep and left them in the ship
Where did he leave the ship? Was it damaged from the storm? The ship was left in a deep inlet of the island. It was undamaged
What does Ariel expect to get for all of his labors? Expects Prospero to give him his liberty
Why is Prospero angry at Ariel for requesting his freedom? He feels like Ariel owes him services because of the time he saved him from the curse of Sycorax
Where did the “foul witch Sycorax” imprison Ariel? In a cloven pine
Why was Ariel left imprisoned for 12 years? Because the witch had died in the meantime
Who were the parents of Caliban? Sycorax the witch and according to Prospero the devil himself
What did Prospero do for Caliban when he first came to the island? Treated him with kindness. He taught him language and lodging him in his own cell
How did Caliban respond to Prospero’s treatment of him? He learned to love Prospero and showed him where to find fresh water and fertile soil
Why does Caliban feel that he owns the island? Because he feels like he inherited it from his mother Sycorax
What happened when Prospero took Caliban into his own lodging? He attempted to rape Miranda
What does Prospero do to punish Caliban for his behavior? He imprisons him in a rock, subject him to hard labor, and prevents him from seeing the rest of the island
How has Caliban benefited from learning a language? He learned how to curse
How is Caliban described in the “Names of the Actors”? Savage amd deformed slave
What does Prospero threaten to do to Caliban if he does not obey him? Gives him painful crmaps and aching bones
Why does Caliban finally decide to obey Prospero? Becasue Prospero’s art of magic has the power to control even Setabos, his mothers god
Who sings the two songs in this part of the play? Ariel
Who helps Ariel with the dance in “Come Unto These Yellow Sands”? His invisible attendant spirits
From where does Ferdinand think the music is coming from? A god of the island
According to the song, what has happened to Ferdinand’s father? He has drowned and now suffers a sea-change
What is Miranda’s first impression of Ferdinand? She thinks he is a spirit
What is Ferdinand’s first impression of Miranda? He thinks she is the goddess who has led him onto the shore with her music
What is Prospero’s false accusation of Ferdinand? He accuses him of coming to the island as a spy so that he could become lord of the island
Why does Prospero accuse Ferdinand falsely? Because he wants to slow the fast progress of the romatic love between the young couple
What is Alonso’s sea-change? His body is supposedly lying at the bottom of the sea where each part of it is transformed into a rich sea substance
Name one way in which music assists the dramatic action of the play? By leading Ferdinand onto the island

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