Merchant Of Venice Act 1 Scene 1 Quiz!

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Merchant Of Venice Act 1 Scene 1 Quiz!

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  • 1. 
    What does Antonio mean when says his sadness has made him a "want-wit" (l.6)?
    • A. 

      His sadness has made him witty, as he rationalises it.

    • B. 

      His sadness has made him depressed, as he dwells upon it.

    • C. 

      His sadness has reduced him to a fool, as he does not know the cause of it.

  • 2. 
    According to Salerio and Solanio, what is the reason for Antonio's sadness?
    • A. 

      He is worried about the safety of the ships in whose cargoes he has invested his wealth.

    • B. 

      He is worried that the investment he made in business will not yield returns.

    • C. 

      He is worried that his cargo may not reach its destination on time.

  • 3. 
    Salerio and Solanio, friends of Antonio, have very similar-sounding names. What may be a reason for Shakespeare to give similar-sounding names to characters?
    • A. 

      The two men may be brothers.

    • B. 

      The two men are similar in character.

    • C. 

      The two men are foils to each other.

  • 4. 
    With the exit of Salerio and Solanio, Bassanio, Lorenzo, and Gratiano enter. Bassanio is described as inline 57 as Antonio's "most noble kinsman". What does this suggest the relationship between Antonio and Bassanio?
    • A. 

      Bassanio is a learned man whom Antonio respects.

    • B. 

      Bassanio is older than Antonio, and the latter seeks his advice.

    • C. 

      Bassanio is a close friend and companion of Antonio.

  • 5. 
    What do lines 79 - 99 tell us about Gratiano's character and temperament?
    • A. 

      He is blunt and rude, and offends others deliberately

    • B. 

      He is talkative and witty, and scorns pretentiousness

    • C. 

      He is honest and wise, and gives sound advice

  • 6. 
    In lines 88 - 102, Gratiano suggests a possible reason for Antonio's melancholy. What is he implying?
    • A. 

      Gratiano is implying that Antonio may be putting on an act, that he is pretending to me melancholic in order to appear thoughtful and wise.

    • B. 

      Gratiano is implying that Antonio is introverted by nature, and thus appears sad to others.

    • C. 

      Gratiano is implying that Antonio is proud, as he makes known his sadness, and wants others to give in to him.

  • 7. 
    What does Antonio's use of the word "pilgrimage" (l. 120) suggest about the nature of Bassanio's mission to win the hand of the lady?
    • A. 

      The mission to win the lady's hand is to be kept secret.

    • B. 

      The mission to win the lady's hand is a quest, a journey.

    • C. 

      The mission to win the lady's hand requires the involvement of many people.

  • 8. 
    One of Bassanio's motives for marriage is to pay his debts. Which line(s) in the text support this?
    • A. 

      "... but my chief care/ Is to come fairly off from the great debts/ Wherein my time, something too prodigal,/ Hath left me gagged."

    • B. 

      "... How much I have disabled mine estate/ By something showing a more swelling port/ Than my faint means would grant continuance."

    • C. 

      "To you, Antonio, I owe the most in money and in love..."

  • 9. 
    In what way does Antonio promise to help Bassanio in his mission to win the hand of Portia?
    • A. 

      He promises to lend Bassanio money from the profits of his cargo

    • B. 

      He promises to accompany Bassanio on the journey to win Portia's hand

    • C. 

      He promises to obtain money for Bassanio on credit

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