Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Bassanio: A gentle scroll. - Fair lady, by your leave; [Kissing her]
I come by note, to give and to receive.
Like one of two contending in a prize,
That thinks he hath done well in people’s eyes
Hearing applause and universal shout
Giddy in spirit, still gazing, in a doubt
Whether those peals of praise be his or no;
(i) Where did Bassanio find the ‘gentle scroll’?
Inside the leaden Casket / the casket that contained Portia’s portrait.
What ‘prize’ had Bassanio just won?
Portia’s hand in marriage
(ii) Explain why Bassanio said he felt ‘Giddy in spirit, still gazing, in a doubt’.
(iii) Shortly after this exchange, Portia gave Bassanio a ring as a token of her affection. What did the gift symbolise?
The ring was symbolic -
(iv) What assurance did Bassanio give her when he accepted the ring?
Bassanio promises when the ring parts from his finger then
Bassanio would die before he parted with the ring.
(v) What did Portia urge Bassanio to do when she learnt that his friend Antonio was in trouble?
What aspect of her character is revealed through her words?
Loving wife / trusting / compassionate / willing to share her wealth helpful / caring