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The Tempest Teaching Unit
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- At the conclusion of the play, which characters are repentant and which characters never ask for forgiveness?
- Assume that the storm is a blessing in disguise. Who benefi ts from the storm and why?
- Select two characters from the play who believe in providence. Cite incidents from the story to support your choices.
- Why does Caliban, a servant, speak in verse? What other indicators, besides his occupation, identify Caliban as a low-class character?
- Define the words “bark,” “butt of sack,” and “harpy.”
- What are the differences between an aside and a soliloquy? Find an example of each in the play.
- Point out examples of slapstick comedy in Act II Scene I.
- List three ways Prospero uses his magical powers to control his enemies.
- Some critics believe Prospero is too harsh on Ariel. Cite incidents from the play to support or refute this idea.
- In what ways does Prospero exhibit God-like behavior toward Ferdinand, Antonio, and Sebastian? (God-like behavior includes judging, punishing, and forgiving.)
- Define the character flaws that cost Prospero his dukedom. Do you believe he has overcome these fl aws while living on the island? Cite incidents from the play to support your answer.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.