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What emotion is Antonio feeling in the first scene?

Sadness

Who offers to play the fool to cheer Antonio up?

Gratiano

Who is described as having reasons as "two grains of wheat hid in two busshles of Chaff"?

Gratiano

How does Bassanio plan to clear his debts?

By marrying the heiress Portia.

Where is Antonio's money in the beginning of the play?

"Out at sea"

What animal does Portia say the Neopolitan Prince is obsessed with?

His horse

What doesn't Portia like about County Palatine?

He never smiles or laughs

What doesn't Portia like about Mosieur Le Bon?

He was always showing off

Why is Portia unable to offer an opinion about the English Barron Falconbridge?

They don't speak the same language

What languages does Portia speak?

Italian, French, and Latin

Where does Portia jokingly say Falconbridge got his jacket, tights, and hat respectively?

Jacket in Italy, Tights in France, Hat in Germany

What does Portia say about the Scottish Lord?

He is very forgiving

What doesn't Portia like about the German Duke of Saxony's nephew?

He is a drunk

Who is the one suitor Portia doesn't criticize?

Bassiano

What is the amount and time limit on Shylock's loan to Bassiano

3000 Ducats for 3 months

Where are Antonio's ships bound for?

Tripole, the Indies, Mexico, England

Why does Shylock turn down Bassanio's dinner invitation

He won't be near pork

What is the main reason that Shylock initially hates Antonio?

Antonio lends money without interest

How does Shylock defend taking interest for loans?

Using a bible story about Jacob raising lambs for his Uncle

What is the interest rate on Bassanio's loan

Nothing

What does the Prince of Morocco's ask Portia not to hold against him?

His dark skin color

What must Portia's suitors pledge to do before they try the casket game?

Never marry if they are to loose the challenge

Whose service is Lancelot trying to escape from?

Shylock's

What is Lancelot's last name?

Gobbo

When tricking to his father, what does Lancelot pretend his title is?

Master

What is the name of Old Gobbo's horse?

Dobbin

Who becomes Lancelot's new master

Bassiano

What does Jessica give Lancelot as he leaves their family's service?

A letter for Lorenzo

What does Jessica wear as a disguise?

A page's uniform

Why does Shylock feel that ill things are brewing?

He dreams of money bags

According to Salarino, how much faster do "Venus' pidgeons" fly (how much faster does time mover for young lovers)?

10 times

What kind of party does Shylock attend, during which, Jessica escapes?

A masquerade

What do each of the caskets say?

Gold-get what many men want, Silver-get what you deserve, Lead-risk all you have

What is inside the correct casket?

Portia's picture

Which casket does the King of Morocco chose?

Gold

Why does the King of Morocco choose the gold casket?

"All men want Portia"

What is inside the golden casket?

A skull with a scroll in the eyesocket

What bird does the Prince of Arragon liken those who would choose the gold casket to?

The Marlin (Martlet)

Which casket does the Prince of Arragon choose?

Silver

What is inside the silver casket?

A picture of a "blinking idiot" (a fool)

What does Salarino do when Shylock accuses him of being a part of the plot of his daughter running away?

He doesn't deny it

How many ducats does Shylock accuse Antonio of costing him?

Half a million

How much did one of the diamonds coast Shylock in Frankfurt?

2000 ducats

What is Shylock's reaction to hearing that another one of Antonio's ships wrecked (this one from Tripolis)

He was happy.

How much did Jessica spend in Genoa in one night?

80 Ducats

What did Jessica trade a turquoise ring for?

A monkey

How long does Portia ask Bassiano to stay in her palace.

"A month or two"

Which casket does Bassiano choose?

Lead

Why does Bassiano choose the lead casket?

Because he feels it is humble

What does Portia say will happen if Bassiano looses the ring?

Their marriage will be doomed.

What ancient hero does Gratiano compare himself and Bassiano to?

Jason

Who has tried to persuade Shylock not to follow up on his deal with Antonio?

20 Merchants, the Duke of Venice, and the highest ranking nobles

How much does Portia say she'd be willing to pay to save Antonio

12,000 Ducats

Why does Antonio believe that Shylock hates him?

He paid the debts of others who borrowed from Shylock

Who does Portia place in charge of her estate until Bassiano returns?

Lorenzo

Where does Portia claim she and Nerissa will spend their time waiting for the return of their husbands?

A monastery 2 miles away

Who does Jessica ask Balthazar to give a letter to?

Her cousin Bellario

What is Bellario's proffesion

He is a lawyer

How far does Portia want to travel that day in order to catch up with Bassanio in Venice?

20 miles

What does Lancelot tell Jessica her one hope of not going to Hell is?

If Shylock isn't her true father

What does everyone at the trial think Shylock is doing?

Faking cruelty

Why does Shylock say he is refusing the 3000 ducats?

He feels like it.

According to Bassanio, what doesn't every offence start as?

Hate

How much does Bassiano offer Shylock

6000 ducats

Shylock says he won't accept money, even how many times more than Bassanio's offer?

Six times (36000 Ducats)

The Duke has the power to dismiss the court on that day, provided who doesn't arrive?

Bellario

Where does Ballario send a letter from?

Padua

What is Nerissa disguised as?

A lawyer's clerk

No metal could be half as sharp as Shylock's what?

Hatred (envy?)

According to Gratiano, what was Shylock's soul in a past life?

A wolf

According to Gratiano, what did Shylock do in his previous life?

Slaughter humans

Bellario's letter introduces informs the group of the arrival of who?

Portia disguised as a lawyer

What name does Portia go by as a lawyer?

Balthazar

According to Portia, mercy is a what?

Double blessing

Why can't the duke act above the law to save Antonio

It will set a bad precedent

Who biblical character does Shylock compare Portia/Balthazar to after she says that the Duke can not act in this case?

Daniel

What weapon does Shylock plan to remove his pound of flesh with

A knife

Who does Shylock refuse to have on hand to try and save Antonio after his flesh has been removed?

A Surgeon

Where does Gratiano wish Nerissa was?

In heaven

What biblical character's decedents would Shylock have rathered Jessica marry than Lorenzo?

Barabbas

What substance can Shylock not remove from Antonio's body along with the flesh

Blood

Under Venetian Law, what will happen if one drop of Antonio's blood is shed

Shylock's property and land will be seized by the state

After seeing the impossibility of cutting Antonio without shedding his blood, what does Shylock offer?

To accept the 9000 ducat deal

Why can't Shylock accept the money?

He publicly turned it down

What does Portia classify Shylock as in order to get him arrested for conspiring to kill a Venetian citizen?

An alien

What does the Duke do to Shylock after he is accused of trying to kill Antonio?

Pardons him

What are Antonio's demands that Shylock must meet

Shylock must convert to Christianity, and leave his property to Lorenzo and Jessica

For Portia/Balthazar, what was the pay for her services?

A job well done

What token does Portia ask of Antonio?

His gloves

What token does Portia ask of Bassanio

The ring she gave him

Where do Antonio and Bassiano go the morning after the trial?

Belmont

How much sooner will Nerissa and Portia return to Belmont than their husbands?

1 day

Who mounted the Trojan Wall

Troilus

Who saw the lion's shadow?

Thisbe

Who begged her lover to return to Carthage

Dido

Who gathered magic herbs to rejuvenate Aeson?

Medea

Who is returning to Belmont with Portia

Her maid (Nerissa) and a holy Hermit

Who does Lorenzo tell Stefano to bring outside to greet their master?

Musicians

Where does Portia see a light burning?

Her Hall

Why does Portia think the nightengale sounds so beautiful

It sings in the quite of the night

How does Lorenzo recognise Portia upon her return

By her voice

What does Bassiano muse that he should have done in order to be able to convince his wife he lost the ring defending it?

Cut off his left hand

How many of Antonio's ships returned to port at the end of the play

3

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