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Examination Questions on The Tempest

Question: Why does Shakespeare introduce here the game of chess?

Answer: At the time this play was written chess was very popular in Naples, of which place Ferdinand was a prince. With this fact Shakespeare was doubtless familiar. It probably suggested to him the use of the game in this play.

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Fleming, William H. How to Study Shakespeare. New York: Doubleday and Co., 1898. Shakespeare Online. 10 Aug. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < >.

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Miranda and Ferdinand playing chess. The University Society, 1901.