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The Merchant of Venice
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The influence of popular tradition
The following elements belong either to popular tales or to the Elizabethan theatre. Choose the correct alternative.
A: The test of the three caskets is in the form of a riddle.
B: Things come in threes.
C: Winning a bride by solving a riddle.
D: Jews are often portrayed as villains.
E: Venice is seen as a symbol of wealth.
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The Merchant of Venice: themes
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: The play is full of disguises and deceptions.
B: Nerissa dresses up as a boy to flee with Lorenzo.
C: Portia and Jessica disguise themselves as the lawyer Balthazar and his assistant.
D: Appearance and reality are linked with the idea of value and worth.
E: The gold jewellery box is the least valuable, while the lead one contains the greatest prize.
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The Merchant of Venice: plot (first and second acts)
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. The first act begins in ________, where Antonio meets his friend Bassanio who is going to travel to Belmont to woo Portia.
2. Portia is the rich daughter of a man who, before dying, decided to protect her from an ________ marriage: her suitors must choose among three jewellery boxes, and the man who chooses the box containing Portia's ________ will marry her.
3. Bassani needs ________ to go to Belmont and asks his friend Antonio to help him but he can't, so he asks Shylock, a Jew, to ________ him three thousand ducats for ________ months.
4. If Bassanio does not repay the debt, Antonio must give a '________ of [his] flesh' to Shylock.
5. In the second act, at Shylock's house, his daughter Jessica gives her servant a letter for her secret ________, Lorenzo, in which she promises to run away with him.
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The Merchant of Venice: plot (third, fourth and fifth acts)
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. Shylock is angry because ________ has run away with his money and jewels.
2. In Belmont ________ chooses the box made of lead and finds Portia's portrait: she agrees to marry him.
3. Antonio's ________ have been destroyed and he cannot give Shylock his money back. Shylock asks for his flesh.
4. Antonio is put in jail and at his trial Portia, ________ as a lawyer, offers Shylock a lot of money in order to get him to drop the charge against Antonio, but Shylock refuses.
5. In the court Portia uses an intelligent argument: Shylock is not a Venetian citizen but has threatened the life of the citizen Antonio; therefore, he can be sentenced to ________.
6. The Duke of Venice spares Shylock's life but takes away his ________ giving it to Antonio and to the State. However, Antonio lets Shylock keep half of his wealth if he becomes a ________ and gives the other half to Jessica and Lorenzo.
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The Merchant of Venice: setting
Read the text below and find the seven mistakes in it.

In The Merchant of Venice there are two main settings: the city of Venice and Belmont, where Bassanio lives. These two places represent similar aspects of the play. In the eighteenth century, Venice was an unknown trading town, considered by the English as a symbol of will, but also of greed. In Venice Jews lived in a ghetto and had to wear a black hat to be recognised. Shylock, the Jew, symbolises the greedy side, while Bassanio represents the richness of Venice.
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The Merchant of Venice: setting
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

Belmont
A: is the place where Antonio lives.
B: represents a world of physical love.
C: is a place where women seem to be more powerful than in Venice.
D: is full of music and has a light atmosphere.
E: is a place where different peoples and religions can live together.
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Characters: Shylock
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

Shylock
A: is portrayed with an emphasis on his humanity.
B: hates the Jews because he was abused by them.
C: makes the audience feel compassion towards him.
D: is a Venetian citizen.
E: is a complex character.
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The Merchant of Venice: characters
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Shylock considers human relationships more valuable than business ones.
B: Antonio is a merchant who risks everything for the people he loves.
C: Portia wants to marry Bassanio because he is rich.
D: Antonio lends money free of interest.
E: The Christian characters do not always behave as they say they do.
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The Merchant of Venice: themes
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. In The Merchant of Venice there are ________ types of love.
2. The love between ________ is represented by Antonio and Bassanio.
3. The love of a daughter for her father is represented by ________.
4. Romantic love links very ________ people, like Lorenzo and ________.
5. The play also deals with love for money and possessions, as in ________'s case.
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The Merchant of Venice: themes
Complete the text with the words below.

In the play the relationship between mercy and ________ is seen from two different points of view. There is a ________ idea of mercy from the ________ Testament, which advises people to 'turn the other ________'. Shylock's view of justice, which can be derived from the ________ Testament, is the complete ________, because he thinks that Christians in reality want the same ________ that he himself asks for.
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