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TESTS: GENERAL QUESTIONS ON SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS

1. What are the main genres of Shakespeare's plays?

2. What does 'linguistic devices' mean?
3. List the three styles of writing Shakespeare used in his plays.
4. Where did Shakespeare use poetic verse?
5. What is the purpose of blank verse?
6. What is a 'theme'?
7. Identify three themes that can be found in Shakespeare's plays.
8. Briefly explain what is meant by 'dramatic contrast'.
9. Why did Shakespeare build dramatic contrasts into his plays?
10. Briefly sum up the typical structure of a Shakespeare play.
11. What is meant by the term 'figures of speech'?
12. What is a simile?
13. Why is a metaphor a stronger comparison?
14. What is an extended metaphor?
15. What is meant by 'personification'?
16. Define an 'oxymoron'.
17. What is a 'motif'?
18. Give two reasons why Shakespeare uses imagery in his plays.
19. Shakespeare uses a great deal of irony in his plays. What is irony?
20. What is 'dramatic irony'?
21. Why and where would you expect to find passages rich in imagery?
22. 'Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health' are examples of
a. simile
b. metaphor
c. personification
d. oxymoron
23. 'Our doubts are traitors' is an example of
a. a simile
b. a metaphor
c. personification
d. oxymoron
24. 'Violent delights have violent ends' is an example of
a. repetion for emphasis
b. repetion for contrast
c. oxymoron
d. symbolism
25. 'Time hath, my lord, a wallet on his back,
Wherein he puts alms for oblivion.'
is an example of
a. a simile
b. a metaphor
c. personification
d. oxymoron



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