The Tempest Act V, Scene 1, Lines 256-330 Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act V, Scene 1, Lines 256-330 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Interpret Stephano’s confused speech when he says, “Every man shift for all the rest, and let no man take care for himself.”

2. How does Antonio react when he sees Caliban?

3. Do Antonio and Sebastian become repentant for their past deeds?

4. Does Caliban change in the course of the play?

5. Where will Ferdinand and Miranda celebrate their marriage?

6. Where will the king and his royal court spend the night?

7. How will Prospero entertain his overnight guests?

8. Who will make sure the royal party has calm seas for their trip to Naples?

9. Where does Ariel go when Prospero gives him his freedom?

10. What is the purpose of the “Epilogue”?

Answers
1. Stephano’s speech refers to the proverbial “Let every man shift for himself.”

2. Antonio sees him as a fish-like monster who can be sold for the purpose of exhibition to the public.

3. Antonio and Sebastian are not repentant, though they are no longer conspiring against Alonso.

4. Caliban realizes he has been under the illusion that he was mistaking a “drunkard for a god” and vows to “seek for grace” from now on.

5. Ferdinand and Miranda will celebrate their marriage in Naples.

6. The king and his royal court will spend the night in Prospero’s cell.

7. Prospero will entertain the king and his court by relating the events of his life for the past 12 years.

8. Ariel is in charge of keeping the weather mild and the seas calm.

9. Ariel is released “to the elements” on the natural world of the island.

10. The “Epilogue” is Prospero’s speech asking the audience with their applause to free him from the illusory world of the island or the stage with their applause.