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The Duchess of Malfi Quiz 1

1. Which cruelty does Ferdinand not commit against the Duchess?

  • Have fake corpses of her family made and shown to her
  • Surround her prison with lunatics
  • Give her a dead man's hand and tell her it is Antonio's
  • Kill Antonio

2. Who has just returned from France at the opening of the play?

  • The Duchess
  • Antonio
  • The Cardinal
  • Delio

3. For what does the Duchess call Cariola a superstitious fool?

  • Telling the Duchess not to get remarried before her husband has been dead a year
  • Saying the Duchess shouldn’t use religion to sell a lie about Antonio
  • Insisting the Duchess have a church ceremony even though she and Antonio are legally married
  • Thinking Antonio’s bloody nose is a bad omen

4. Who says, “I could kill her now,/In you, or in myself, for I do think/It is some sin in us heaven doth revenge/By her” (2.5.64-7)?

  • Ferdinand
  • Bosola
  • Antonio
  • The Cardinal

5. Who mocks an old woman for wearing makeup?

  • Ferdinand
  • Bosola
  • The Duchess
  • Delio

6. Where does Ferdinand go after leaving Bosola with the Duchess’s body?

  • To hunt badger
  • To join the madmen
  • To kill Antonio
  • To kill himself

7. Who asks Ferdinand to stop torturing the Duchess in Act Four?

  • Bosola
  • Cariola
  • Antonio
  • The Cardinal

8. What excuse does Antonio give for having the courtiers locked in their rooms on the night the Duchess gives birth?

  • Some of the Duchess's jewels have gone missing.
  • The Duchess is in labor.
  • They were being too loud in the hallways.
  • The maids complained about their lasciviousness.

9. Who tells the Duchess “Wisdom begins at the end: remember it” (1.1.319)?

  • Bosola
  • Antonio
  • The Cardinal
  • The executioner

10. What does Bosola mean when he says, “we may go read i’th’ stars” (3.1.60) in reference to the identify of the Duchess's lover?

  • Everybody knows.
  • God only knows.
  • We have to use astrology to find out.
  • We'll find out soon enough.

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