Merchant of Venice Act 1 and 2 Quiz Questions

Antonio and Bassanio are meeting at? A cafe
What is not one of the explanations that Salerio and Solanio come up with for Antonio’s current emotional state? He has been accused of a crime
Why does Bassanio want Antonio to loan him money? He needs it to impress Portia
What role does Antonio say must play on the “stage” of the world? A sad one
Where does Portia live? Belmont
Why is Portia angry with her dead father? He willed who she can marry
Who is not one of Portia’s suitors? A jewish merchant
What is the test Portia’s father leaves in his will to determine whom Portia can marry? Choose the correct box
What are the caskets made of? Gold, Silver, and Lead
What does Portia suggest to ensure the German Duke chooses the wrong casket? Put a glass of wine on the wrong box
How much money does Antonio request to borrow from Shylock? 3,000 ducats
How long does he have before he must pay it back? 3 months
What does Shylock refuse to do with Bassanio and Antonio? Eat with them
What reason does Shylock give for hating Antonio? Antonio has insulted him time and time again
What does Shylock mean when he says, “Antonio is a good man”? Antonio is a good business risk
What does Antonio mean when he says, “Mark you this, Bassanio, The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose”? Shylock’s biblical parable is an excuse for being cruel
If Antonio doesn’t pay back the loan in time, what does Shylock want for compensation? A pound of flesh
Why does Antonio say it is better to lend money to an enemy than a friend? You will enjoy exacting the penalty on an enemy more
The Prince of Morocco asks Portia not to judge him by…? His skin color
When Launcelot is arguing with himself whether or not he should…? Quit working for Shylock
Launcelot tricks his father by…? Giving him the wrong directions, and telling him Launcelot is dead
Gratiano asks Bassanio for a favor, which is…? To accompany him to Belmont
Bassanio agrees under the condition that…? Gratiano tone down his behavior
Jessica wants to marry…? Lorenzo
Shylock entrusting his key to Jessica while she secretly plans to run away and elope is an example of…? Dramatic Irony
The inscription on the gold casket is…? “Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire.”
The inscription on the silver casket is…? “Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves.”
The inscription on the lead casket is…? “Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath.”
The casket Morocco chooses is…? Gold
In the casket Morocco finds…? A skull with a scroll in its eye socket
The casket Arragon chooses is…? Silver
In the casket, Arragon finds…? A portrait of a blinking idiot, and a poem calling him a fool
The unfortunate event that may have befallen Antonio is…? Loss of his ships