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Merchant of Venice Test prep

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Merchant of Venice Test prep English 2520

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Merchant of Venice Test Preparation 1) Pick 4 sections and in one sentence, say who is talking, who is listening what is going on in the plot when this part of the dialogue is being said, and where the speaker(s) is (are) the point at which the dialogue is being said 2) Compose a short section clarifying how the entry adds to a character and/or a thought that is essential in the play. Particularly cite brief portions of the passage in your sentences to show your focuses. 1) Quote: Ho, no, no, no, no! My meaning in saying he is a good man, is to have you understand me that he is sufficient. Yet his means are in supposition: he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; I understand, moreover, upon the Rialto, he hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England – and other ventures he hath, squand’red abroad. But ships are but boards, sailors but men; there be land rats and water rats, water thieves and land thieves – I mean pirates – and then there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks. The man is, notwithstanding, sufficient. Three thousand ducats – I think I may take his bond. Answer: This is said by Shylock to Bassiano in act one scene 3 on the streets of Venice. This passage helps Shylock look like a man who is financially intelligent and a good businessman. Despite Shylock not liking Bassiano he does that he can pay the loan back. “My meaning in saying he is a good man is to have you understand me that he is sufficient” supports this. “He hath a third at Mexico, a fourth for England”. This quote proves Shylock is a good businessman because he seems to have a good deal of knowledge about Antonio’s business ventures. Maybe this is why he gave him the loan. 2) Quote: Yes, to smell pork, to eat of the habitation which your prophet the Nazarite conjured the devil into! I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you. Answer: Shylock is speaking to Bassiano at his house. This passage is important to the plot because it shows the hospitality between Christians and Jews during this era. Shylock seems angry that he was offered pork since jewish religion condemns the consumption of pork. “Yes to smell pork, to eat of the habitation which your prophet the nazarite conjured the devil into”. In this quote Shylock scolds Christianity for their consumption of pork which shows the hostility between Shylock and Bassiano due to their religions. 3) Quote: I never heard a passion so confused, So strange, outrageous, and so variable As the dog Jew did utter in the streets: “My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter! Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats! Justice! The law! My ducats and my daughter! A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats, Of double ducats, stol’n from me by my daughter! And jewels – two stones, two rich and precious stones, Stol’n by my daughter! Justice! Find the girl!” Answer: This is said by Solanio while he is talking to Saliero on the streets of Venice. This passage is important because it makes Shylock look like a guy who cares more about money than his daughter. This can affect the reader;s view on Shylock and make the reader dislike Shylock therefore killing any potential sympathy Shylock may get as a character. “Stol’n by my daughter! Justice! Find the girl” makes Shylock look very money hungry. However it’s important to know Saliano and Saliero are friends of Antonio so naturally they will want Shylock to look bad so the source of information isn’t exactly neutral. 4) Quote: Commend me to your honorable wife. Tell her the process of [name’s] end, Say how I loved you, speak me fair in death; And when the tale is told, bid her be judge Whether Bassanio had not once a love. Answer: This is said by Antonio in the courtroom and he is talking to Bassiano. This passage is very important because it shows us the rocky relationship between Portia and Bassiano. Since Antonio made a sacrifice for Bassiano he will forever be remembered fondly in Bassiano’s heart. Portia simply will not be able to compete with Antonio for Bassiano’s affections. Even though Portia offered her wealth to Bassiano this is still not enough. Portia and Bassiano’s relationship will always have the potential to go from good to bad while his relationship with Antonio will forever be good. “Say how I loved you, speak me fair in death”. This quote supports the fact that Antonio will always be remembered by Bassiano.


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