Summary & Analysis
Act I, scene i
Act I, scene ii–iii
Act I, scene iv–scene vi
Act II, scene i–scene iii
Act II, scene iv–scene vi
Act III, scene i–scene ii
Act III, scene iii–scene v
Act II, scenes vi–viii
Act III, scene ix–xi
Act III, scene xii
Act III, scene xiii
Act III, scenes xiv–xvi
Act IV, scene i
Act IV, scene iii–scene iv
Act IV, scene v
Important Quotations Explained
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Analysis of Major Characters
Themes, Motifs, and Symbols
Act 1, scene i
Act 1, scene ii–iii
Act 1, scene iv–scene vi
Act 2, scene i–scene iii
Act 2, scene iv–scene vi
Act 3, scene i–scene ii
Act 3, scene iii–scene v
Act 2, scenes vi–viii
Act 3, scene ix–xi
Act 3, scene xii
Act 3, scene xiii
Act 3, scenes xiv–xvi
Act 4, scene i
Act 4, scene iii–scene iv
Act 4, scene v
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1. Why is Andrea not allowed to cross the river Acheron when he first arrives?
His funeral rites have not been performed
The three judges cannot decide what place in the underworld he should go to
He was killed unfairly by Balthzar
His love for Bel-Imperia prevents him
2. Which of the three judges of the underworld suggests that Andrea go see Pluto and Proserpine?
3. The king decides that Balthazar will stay at whose house?
4. The Viceroy is the ruler of what country?
5. Horatio's masque in Act I, scene iv dramatizes the triumphs of which country over both Portugal and Spain?
6. What did Bel-Imperia give to both her lovers (Horatio and Andrea)?
7. 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.
8. In the passage from the previous question, what does the word "conceit" most nearly mean?
9. How does Pedringano know about Bel-Imperia's love for Horatio?
He is her confidante and servant, and she tells him
He is her letter-carrier, and he opened her letters
He has been spying on her at the request of his master Lorenzo
He is Horatio's best friend before he betrays him for Lorenzo
10. Horatio is killed by Lorenzo, Balthazar, and who else?
Pedringano and Serberine
Pedringano and Christophil
Pedringano and his evil twin Wedringano
Pedringano, Serberine, and Christophil
11. 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?
A pardon signed by the King; nothing
A pardon signed by the Queen; nothing
A gun; a pardon signed by the King
Nothing; a gun
12. 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.
13. How many people come to visit Hieronimo in Act III, scene xiii?
14. "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?
Horatio; Lorenzo and Balthazar
Horatio; the King of Spain and the Duke of Castile
Hieronimo; the King of Spain and the Duke of Castile
Hieronimo; Lorenzo and Balthazar
15. What does Isabella do before she kills herself?
She cuts down the arbour from which Horatio was hung
She tries to kill Lorenzo and Balthazar
She cuts out Hieronimo's tongue
She cuts out her own tongue
16. What does Hieronimo use to kill himself and Don Cyprian at the end of the play?
A knife he has been handed in order to write out a confession
A knife he has hidden in his jacket
The Duke of Castile's sword
The King's sword
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