Shakespeare Practice English Homework Help

O! reason not the need; our basest beggars 
Are in the poorest thing superfluous:
Allow not nature more than nature needs, 
Man’s life is cheap as beast’s. 
King Lear (2.4.276)

Which theme is best expressed in this passage?

Man’s relationship with God

Poverty and Extravagance

The ends justify the means

Fate and Free Will

Violence and Peace

I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions?
(3.1.54), Shylock

Masculinity and Power

The finality of death

Man’s relationship with God

Race and Identity

The value of war

3)The curse of marriage
That we can call these delicate creatures ours
And not their appetites!
(Othello 3.3.272-3)

Which theme is best expressed in this passage?


Marriage, Fidelity, and Commitment



Man versus Nature


The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
(Julius Caesar, 1.2.146), Cassius to Brutus

Which theme is best expressed in this passage?

Free Will

The traits of a good Emperor


The inherent value of life

Femininity and Beauty


Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie,
Which we ascribe to heaven: the fated sky
Gives us free scope, only doth backward pull 
Our slow designs when we ourselves are dull.
(All’s Well that Ends Well, 1.1.209), Helena

Which theme is best expressed in this passage?

Appearance versus Reality

The price of peace

Free Will versus Fate

The ends justify the means

Power and Corruption


My noble father,
I do perceive here a divided duty:
To you I am bound for life and education;
My life and education both do learn me
How to respect you; you are the lord of duty;
I am hitherto your daughter: but here’s my husband,
And so much duty as my mother show’d
To you, preferring you before her father,
So much I challenge that I may profess
Due to the Moor my lord.

Which theme is best expressed in this passage?

The strength of love

Race and Identity

Respecting your elders

Deciding where loyalty is due



 See, sons, what things you are,
How quickly nature falls into revolt
When gold becomes her object.
2 Henry IV 4.5.64-6



Violence and Power


Enjoyment versus Health


Look back at your notes to refresh your mind about what theme means. Which of these is not a theme?

What is true love?

Femininity and Strength

Whether or not Shakespeare wrote his own plays

The traits of a good and decent king

Individual versus Society

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