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William Shakespeare

The Tempest

Fiction | Play | Adult | Published in 1611

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Act I

1. Who controls the fate of the ship during the storm?


A) the boatswain

B) King Alonso and Antonio

C) Prospero and Ariel

D) the sea gods


2. Who betrayed Prospero and usurped his throne?


A) Antonio

B) Sebastian

C) Gonzalo

D) Caliban


3. Who is Ariel to Prospero?


A) his guiding light

B) his son-in-law

C) his student

D) his slave


4. Why does Prospero arrest Ferdinand?


1. What does Antonio want Sebastian to do?


A) help him take over the island

B) help him escape from the island

C) kill Alonso and become king

D) search for the island’s hidden treasure



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