Short-Answer Quizzes

Questions and Answers: Act 1, Scene 1

Study Questions
1. What attitude does the Friar want Giovanni to take toward incest?

2. What things does Giovanni say bind him to his sister?

3. What does the Friar think of Giovanni’s study at the university?

4. Why does Giovanni trust the Friar’s advice?

5. What does the Friar say Giovanni should do at his father’s house?

Answers
1. The Friar wants Giovanni not to question why incest is forbidden. Instead, Giovanni should simply obey the prohibition against incest.

2. Giovanni says blood and reason bind him to his sister. He believes both their shared genes and logical reasoning are causes for his desire for Annabella.

3. The Friar remembers Giovanni’s accomplishments at the university in Bologna and praises his early brilliance there. However, he criticizes Giovanni for leaving the university to pursue his desire for Annabella.

4. Giovanni trusts the Friar’s advice because the Friar has tutored him and he believes the Friar is wise.

5. The Friar says Giovanni should stay at his father’s house for seven days. Whilte there, he should pray for release from his incestuous desire.

Questions and Answers: Act 1, Scenes 2-3

Study Questions
1. Why does Grimaldi disdain to fight Vasques?

2. Why does Putana approve of Soranzo?

3. What does Putana think of Bergetto?

4. What do Giovanni and Annabella promise each other?

5. Why does Donado tell Florio what he will give Bergetto if Annabella marries Bergetto?

Answers
1. Grimaldi disdains to fight Vasques because he is an aristocrat and Vasques is a servant. He feels that servants are not equal to aristocrats, so he would be lowering himself if he fought Vasques

2. Putana approves of Soranzo because he has many fine qualities. She emphasizes that his sensual qualities are sure to satisfy Annabella should she marry him.

3. Putana calls Bergetto a “brave old ape in a silken coat.” She thinks he is a fool despite his fine dress, and not a man Annabella should consider marrying.

4. Giovanni and Annabella promise that they will either love or kill each other.

5. Donado tells Florio what he will give Bergetto if Annabella marries Bergetto to show that Bergetto would have enough money to support Annabella if they married.

Questions and Answers: Act 2, Scenes 1-2

Study Questions
1. What does Annabella tell Giovanni about her suitors?

2. How can Philotis comfort Annabella in her illness?

3. Why did Hippolita want her husband to die?

4. Why did Soranzo break his vows to marry Hippolita?

5. What does Hippolita promise Vasques if he aids her plot?

Answers
1. Annabella promises Giovanni that she will stay with him rather than marry any of her suitors. She also tells Giovanni that she prefers him to all of her suitors.

2. Philotis can comfort Annabella by entertaining her with songs and music.

3. Hippolita wanted her husband to die on his trip to Leghorn because it would have allowed her to marry Soranzo.

4. Soranzo broke his vows to marry Hippolita because he decided it was worse to keep those vows than to break them. He thought that the sin of being involved in her husband’s death was worse than breaking his vows to marry her.

5. Hippolita promises to marry Vasques and give him her estate if he aids her plot. She says that Vasques must keep the plot secret, though.

Questions and Answers: Act 2, Scenes 3-6

Study Questions
1. Why does Richardetto want to kill Soranzo?

2. What does Donado tell Bergetto to do while he’s gone?

3. Why does Giovanni object to the Friar’s advice to have Annabella married?

4. Why does Donado give Putana money?

5. How much does Bergetto think Parma’s prostitutes cost?

Answers
1. Richardetto wants to kill Soranzo because Soranzo had an affair with Richardetto’s wife. Richardetto thinks he can gain revenge for his wife’s adultery with Soranzo by killing Soranzo.

2. Donado tells Bergetto to stay inside his house until Donado returns. He thinks this will keep Bergetto from making any more mistakes.

3. Giovanni objects to the Friar’s advice to have Annabella married because it would “prove her greedy of variety of lust.” If she marries, she would be having sex with both Giovanni and her husband.

4. Donado gives Putana money as payment for her help with Bergetto’s bid to win Annabella.

5. Bergetto thinks Parma’s prostitutes cost half-a-crown apiece. This estimate is roughly double the actual rate, and shows that Bergetto has probably not actually bought any of the prostitutes.

Questions and Answers: Act 3, Scenes 1-5

Study Questions
1. What did Philotis give Bergetto?

2. What does Florio say made him choose Soranzo over Annabella’s other suitors?

3. What does Giovanni tell Putana to do regarding Annabella's supposed illness?

4. How does Grimaldi justify his plan to kill Soranzo?

5. Why does Richardetto ask Bergetto to stop kissing Philotis?

Answers
1. Philotis gave Bergetto a codpiece-point and box of marmalade. The codpiece-point was used to fasten a codpiece over a man’s genitals.

2. Florio says he chose Soranzo over Annabella’s other suitors because he expects Soranzo to accomplish great things in his life.

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Questions and Answers: Act 3, Scenes 6-9

Study Questions
1. What reasons does the Friar give for Annabella to marry and live with Soranzo?

2. Why does Grimaldi mistake Bergetto for Soranzo?

3. What does Florio advise Donado to do?

4. What objection does the Cardinal make to the knocking on his door?

5. What reason does the Cardinal give for taking Grimaldi into Papal protection?

Answers
1. The Friar says Annabella should marry and live with Soranzo for her honor’s sake and to save her soul. Otherwise, she would be shamed and damned for her relationship with Giovanni.

2. Grimaldi mistakes Bergetto for Soranzo because Bergetto says “sweetheart” to...

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Questions and Answers: Act 4, Scenes 1-2

Study Questions
1. Why doesn’t Giovanni want to see Annabella marry Soranzo?

2. Why does Giovanni lie when asked why he cannot drink the wine?

3. What does Hippolita tell Soranzo about the city’s rumors of their relationship?

4. What are Hippolita's last words?

5. What does the Friar say about the impact of Hippolita’s death on the marriage’s prospects?

Answers
1. Giovanni doesn’t want to see Annabella marry Soranzo because he thinks the marriage will take Annabella from him, and he cannot endure such a possibility.

2. Giovanni says he cannot drink the wine because it would make him sick. He says this...

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Questions and Answers: Act 4, Scene 3

Study Questions
1. Why does Annabella refuse to reveal the name of her lover to Soranzo?

2. What does Vasques tell Soranzo about his revenge?

3. Why shouldn’t Putana fear naming Annabella’s lover to Vasques?

4. Why does Giovanni give Vasques money?

5. Why does Vasques praise Annabella for taking Giovanni as a lover?

Answers
1. Annabella refuses to reveal the name of her lover to Soranzo because she believes Soranzo is not worthy to speak that name or hear it. In fact, she even tells him he must kneel down and admit his inferiority to her lover if he wants to know the name.

2. Vasques tells Soranzo to smother his...

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Questions and Answers: Act 5, Scenes 1-3

Study Questions
1. What does Annabella say has caused Giovanni’s misfortune?

2. What does Annabella tell the Friar to do with her letter?

3. What is the impact of Annabella’s marriage on Giovanni?

4. What warning does the Friar give Giovanni about Soranzo’s feast?

5. What does Giovanni intend to do at Soranzo’s feast?

Answers
1. Annabella says the stars that reigned at her birth are responsible for her fate and Giovanni’s as well. She believes that astrology has caused the suffering of her and her brother.

2. Annabella tells the Friar to take the letter to Giovanni and have him read it and repent. She...

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Questions and Answers: Act 5, Scenes 4-5

Study Questions
1. What does Vasques hope will happen to Giovanni?

2. Why does Giovanni suspect Annabella prefers Soranzo to himself?

3. What does Annabella call Soranzo’s banquet?

4. What does Giovanni hope the sun will do?

5. What does Giovanni ask his heart to do?

Answers
1. Vasques hopes Giovanni will “post to hell in the very act of his damnation.” He believes that if Giovanni dies while committing incest with Annabella, he will be condemned to hell.

2. Giovanni suspects that Annabella prefers Soranzo because he is a better love-maker than Giovanni.

3. Annabella calls Soranzo’s banquet a...

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Questions and Answers: Act 5, Scene 6

Study Questions
1. What is Soranzo’s reaction to Giovanni’s entrance?

2. What does Vasques tell Giovanni before fighting him?

3. What is Giovanni’s last wish?

4. What does the Cardinal say will be done to “this woman”?

5. What will be done with the belongings of Florio, Giovanni, and Soranzo?

Answers
1. Soranzo reacts to Giovanni’s entrance by wondering if it means he will be prevented from carrying out his plans to kill Annabella and Giovanni.

2. Vasques tells Giovanni he is “grown insolent in your butcheries” before fighting him. Vasques has been angered by Giovanni’s attack on Soranzo, and he...

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