Antonio in Merchant of Venice: Character Traits, Analysis & Quotes


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Who is the title character in 'The Merchant of Venice'?

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1. Why does Antonio hate Shylock so much?

2. What does Antonio agree to give up if he defaults on his loan to Shylock?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test yourself on how well you understand Antonio's actions in The Merchant of Venice and how he interacts with other characters using this worksheet and quiz. For example, you will be quizzed on how Antonio feels about Shylock, what does he propose to give up if he defaults on his loans and who saves him at the end of the play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment tools will help you to gauge your knowledge of:

  • Antonio's relationship with Shylock
  • What Antonio is willing to do for his friend
  • Who saves Antonio from his debt to Shylock
  • What role Antonio plays in The Merchant of Venice

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read the information about Antonio's relationship with Shylock and Bassanio in the accompanying lesson and interpret it correctly
  • Making connections - use understanding of Antonio's love for Bassanio to understand how Portia saved Antonio
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Antonio's role as the main character in The Merchant of Venice.

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson about Antonio in The Merchant of Venice to learn more about him. The lesson focuses on the following objectives:

  • Understand Antonio's desire to help Bassanio marry Portia
  • Learn about Antonio's feelings regarding Shylock
  • Understand Shylock's demand for a pound of flesh if Antonio cannot repay the loan
  • Discover Portia's actions to save Antonio