'Tis Pity She's a Whore

by John Ford

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Questions and Answers: Act 1, Scene 1

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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.

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Questions and Answers: Act 1, Scenes 2-3