Examination Questions on
1. Did the storm described in the first scene suggest the title of the play?
2. Is Shakespeare's description of this storm technically accurate?
3. Why does Shakespeare begin this play with the description of a storm?
4. What further dramatic function does the storm now have?
5. What does Prospero's mantle symbolize?
6. Why does he lay his mantle aside when he begins to relate to Miranda the circumstances of their previous lives?
7. What does Prospero say regarding his love of study and of books?
8. What is the dramatic purpose of the quarrel between Prospero and Ariel?
9. Who is Sycorax?
10. What has Shakespeare accomplished in Act I of
11. Who is Claribel? What dramatic purpose is attained by the references to Claribel?
12. In what way does Caliban manifest his mental and moral degradation?
13. Why was Caliban so much shrewder than Stephano and Trinculo?
14. Why does Shakespeare introduce here the game of chess?
15. Of what is Prospero the personification?
16. What is the nature and function of Ariel? Why is he invisible to every one in the play except Prospero?
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare portrays man in connection with the supernatural. What is the principal difference between the plays so far as they relate to this subject?
18. What does Prospero say about the conspiracy against his life? What effect does the recollection of the conspiracy have upon Prospero?
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Introduction to Caliban
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The Relationship Between Miranda and Ferdinand
: Stages of Plot Development
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Shakespeare's Portrayals of Sleep
Characteristics of Elizabethan Drama
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