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The Tempest

William Shakespeare

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1. Whom does Caliban mistake for one of Prospero’s spirits sent to torment him?

2. What was Prospero’s title before his position was usurped and he was forced to flee Italy?

3. From which country is Alonso’s ship returning when it is caught in the tempest?

4. How long have Prospero and Miranda been on their island?

5. What was the name of Caliban’s mother?

6. Over how many days does the action of The Tempest take place?

7. Which mythical figures appear in the wedding masque Prospero stages for Miranda and Ferdinand?

8. Which character is Prospero’s brother?

9. Which character is Sebastian’s brother?

10. What do we see Miranda and Ferdinand doing in the play’s final scene?

11. What shape does Ariel assume at the magical banquet in Act III, scene iii?

12. What do Prospero and Ariel set out as bait for Caliban, Trinculo, and Stephano?

13. What does Caliban say must be done before Prospero can be killed?

14. What is the name of Alonso’s daughter?

15. What does Prospero give as his reason for treating Caliban badly?

16. Who helped Prospero and Miranda to flee Italy?

17. Where does Ariel put the mariners and Boatswain after the tempest?

18. Where did Sycorax imprison Ariel?

19. What task are both Caliban and Ferdinand forced to perform?

20. Who persuades Sebastian to try to kill Alonso?

21. What does Prospero intend to “drown” after he has reconciled with his enemies?

22. What does Caliban say is his “chief profit” from learning language?

23. Which characters do Stephano and Trinculo most clearly parody?

24. What is the final task Prospero orders Ariel to perform?

25. We are told that one of the following characters has visited England. Which one?

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Gonzalo

by SonnetBlossom, July 16, 2013

Gonzalo also mentions that he thinks that the Boatswain is the type of person who looks like he would die by a hanging and not by drowning.He could be suggesting that the boat would not capsize,because otherwise the boatswain would die.

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Alonso,Gonzalo and Sebastian

by SonnetBlossom, July 16, 2013

"My Lord Sebastian,
The truth you speak doth lack some gentleness,
And time to speak it in.You rub the sore
When you should bring the plaster"

In these words,Gonzalo is criticizing what Sebastian has told Alonso.In these lines,Alonso's heart is the sore,made by the loss of his son.Gonzalo says that Sebastian is "rubbing the sore" meaning that Sebastian isn't helping Alonso overcome his loss.The "plaster" is the kind,compassionate and encouraging words spoken by Gonzalo and time needed to mend Alonso's bleeding heart.... Read more

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Miranda

by SonnetBlossom, July 16, 2013

Miranda shows her immaturity by asking for reassurance from Ferdinand."Do you love me?"
Ferdinand says is it not obvious when he declares "O heaven,O earth.." when he had been talking about how much he loves her.He also clearly says "Beyond all limit of what else i'the' world,Do love,prize,honour you"

By this ,Ferdinand leaves no doubt about his love,he is faithful,he cares,treasures and respects her.

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