Quiz on The Tempest

English 305, Dr. Fike


1.                                     Me (poor man) my library           

Was dukedom large enough.  Of temporal royalties

He thinks me now incapable; confederates

(So dry he was for sway) wií thí King of Naples

To give him annual tribute, do him homage,

Subject his coronet to his crown, and bend

The dukedom, yet unbowed (alas, poor Milan!),

To most ignoble stooping.


2.  Full fathom five thy father lies;                                       

Of his bones are coral made;

Those are pearls that were his eyes;

Nothing of him that doth fade

But doth suffer a sea change

Into something rich and strange.

Sea nymphs hourly ring his knell.


3.  My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up.                    

My fatherís loss, the weakness which I feel,

The wrack of all my friends, nor this manís threats

To whom I am subdued, are but light to me,

Might I but through my prison once a day

Behold this maid.  All corners else oí thí earth

Let liberty make use of.  Space enough

Have I in such a prison.


4.  Ií thí commonwealth I would by contraries                  

Execute all things.  For not kind of traffic

Would I admit; no name of magistrate;

Letters should not be known; riches, poverty,

And use of service, none; contract, succession,

Bourn, bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none;

No use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil;

No occupation; all men idle, all;

And women too, but innocent and pure;

No sovereignty.


5.  This islandís mine, by Sycorax my mother,                     

Which thou takíst from me.  when thou camíst first,

Thou strokíst me and made much of me, wouldst give me

Water with berries in ít, and teach me how

To name the bigger light, and how the less,

That burn by day and night.


6.  We are such stuff                                                             

As dreams are made on, and our little life

Is rounded with a sleep.  Sir, I am vexed.

Bear with my weakness; my old brain is troubled.

Be not disturbed with my infirmity.

If you be pleased, retire into my cell

And there repose.  A turn or two Iíll walk

To still my beating mind.


7.                                 Admired Miranda!                            

Indeed the top of admiration, worth

Whatís dearest to the world!  Full many a lady

I have eyed with best regard, and many a time

The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage

Brought my too diligent ear.  For several virtues

Have I liked several women, never any

With so full soul but some defect in her

Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed

And put it to the foil.  But you, O you,

So perfect and so peerless, are created

Of every creatureís best!


8.                                                         O wonder!                 

How many goodly creatures are there here!

How beauteous mankind is!  O brave new world

That has such people inít!


9.  Was Milan thrust from Milan that his issue                    

Should become kings of Naples?  O, rejoice

Beyond a common joy, and set it down

With gold on lasting pillars.  In one voyage

Did Claribel her husband find at Tunis,

And Ferdinand her brother found a wife

Where he himself was lost; Prospero his dukedom

In a poor isle; and all of us ourselves

When no man was his own.


10.  What sets a romance like The Tempest apart from a comedy?