The final exam will consist of two sections: Character
Identification (25 points) and Essay (75 points):
The character identification is very straightforward:
We have studied eleven plays.
I will provide a list that includes five of them.
For each of the plays, you will need to name five main
characters, including their description (e.g., "Othello, a
general in the Venetian army") (1 point each)
Please do not feel the need to go into extensive detail
here. Each response is worth only one point.
The essay will require you to discuss three plays:
one History, one Comedy, one Tragedy
and/or one Romance.
Each essay will require you to explore the similarities and
differences among the plays in their use or portrayal of a
particular concept or character type. How do differences in
genre or theme influence the similarities and differences you
identify? Be sure to present and support an explicit thesis
that is supported by specific references to each of the plays.
Specifically you will discuss one of the
Father-Daughter Relations I: A Midsummer Night's
Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and
Father-Daughter Relations II: I Henry IV,
King Lear, and The Tempest
Magic and Sorcery (Pick Three): Richard III, A
Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, The
Fraternal Rivalry: Richard III, HamletorKing Lear, and The Tempest
Stagecraft and Plays within Plays (Pick Three): I
Henry IV, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet,
Masquerade and Change or Loss of Identity: I Henry
IV orRichard III, Twelfth
Night or The Merchant of Venice, and
Hamlet or King Lear
Love and Marriage: Henry Vor Richard
III, A Midsummer Night's Dream or
Twelfth Night or The Merchant of
Veniceor The Tempest, and Romeo
and Julietor Hamlet or Macbeth