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The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice


by William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice: Hope He Has a Good Spot on the Boardwalk Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around The Merchant of Venice? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. Who is a Venetian merchant?

Natalie Merchant’s Italian cousin
Q. Why won’t Antonio lend Bassanio the money he needs to woo Portia?

Because he is in love with Portia himself
Because if he has a good personality, she won’t need him to have money (stifled laugh)
Because his money is tied up in various ventures
Because he doesn’t believe in lending money to friends
Q. What is the difference between the three caskets?

Three of Portia’s suitors
Anywhere between $1 and $1,000,000. The banker is offering you $300,000 to stop now. Deal or no deal?
Gold, silver, and lead
Q. What does Antonio agree to give Shylock if he can’t pay his debt?

His mistress
A pound of his own flesh
The deed to his land
A lifetime supply of gefilte fish
His business
Q. What does Jessica decide to do that she knows will anger her father?

Take the keys to his Mustang without asking his permission
Marry Antonio
Open her own business
Convert to Christianity