Themes in The Taming of the Shrew


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In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, what does Petruchio want in a wife?

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1. In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, what does Bianca think of Hortensio's proposal?

2. In The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, what does Petruchio want Kate to do?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Our online quiz consists of multiple-choice questions related to themes found in William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. To be successful on this assessment you'll need to remember character interactions, their motivations and the subtext of the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

We would like to see if you remember:

  • What Petruchio wants in a wife
  • What Bianca thinks of Hortensio's proposal
  • What Petruchio wants Kate to do
  • How Kate came to marry Petruchio
  • What Shakespeare is trying to say about social hierarchy

Skills Practiced

Here are some of the skills you'll practice for this quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Taming of the Shrew lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts with your knowledge of the story to determine what Shakespeare was saying about social hierarchy
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding character relationships in The Taming of the Shrew and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

If you found yourself struggling with this quiz it might be best to take a look at our lesson, Themes in The Taming of the Shrew, where you can learn the answers to these questions and more. Some topics we'll cover include:

  • Marriage opinions of several main characters in the play
  • What role gender plays in The Taming of the Shrew
  • Why Shakespeare's portrayal of society is humorous
  • Some examples of Shakespeare satirizing society to bring across the themes of the play