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Spanish Tragedy

Thomas Kyd

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Why is Andrea not allowed to cross the river Acheron when he first arrives?

Which of the three judges of the underworld suggests that Andrea go see Pluto and Proserpine?

The king decides that Balthazar will stay at whose house?

The Viceroy is the ruler of what country?

Horatio's masque in Act I, scene iv dramatizes the triumphs of which country over both Portugal and Spain?

What did Bel-Imperia give to both her lovers (Horatio and Andrea)?

Identify the rhetorical device used in the following passage: "Bel-Imperia: Your prison then belike is your conceit. Balthazar: Ay, by conceit my freedom is enthralled. Bel-Imperia: Then with conceit enlarge yourself again. Balthazar: What if conceit have laid my heart to gage? Bel-Imperia: Pay that you borrowed and recover it.

In the passage from the previous question, what does the word "conceit" most nearly mean?

How does Pedringano know about Bel-Imperia's love for Horatio?

Horatio is killed by Lorenzo, Balthazar, and who else?

Lorenzo sends a young page to Pedringano's execution with a box. What does Pedringano think is in this box, and what is actually in it?

Who says the following words: "Vindicta mihi! Ay, heaven will be revenged of every ill, Nor will they suffer murder unrepaid: Then stay, Hieronimo, attend their will, For mortal men may not appoint their time."

How many people come to visit Hieronimo in Act III, scene xiii?

"Nor aught avails it me to menace them, Who, as a wintry storm upon a plain, Will bear me down with their nobility." Who is the speaker, and to whom does the word "them" refer?

What does Isabella do before she kills herself?

What does Hieronimo use to kill himself and Don Cyprian at the end of the play?

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