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The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare

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1. Why does Bassanio seek to marry Portia in the first place?

2. What do the Christian characters in the play embody?

3. What issue causes the conflict between Shylock and the Christian characters to come to a head?

4. In the play, what breaks the cycle of insults, injuries and revenge that traps Shylock and the Christian characters together?

5. What does cross-dressing allow Portia to do?

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