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Discussion Questions for Elementary Schools: The Merchant of Venice

1. In The Merchant of Venice many of the problems occur because people are unforgiving and intolerant of one another. What crises could have been averted if the characters would have been more understanding of one another?

    2. If you had a good friend would you be willing to help him or her? What types of things would you do for a good friend? Bassanio, Antonio, Portia, Nerissa, and Gratiano all show their friendship in different ways. What are some of the ways that they show their friendship?

    3. Forgiveness is a key theme in The Merchant of Venice. Some characters in the play
forgive and others do not. Site three examples of forgiveness or a lack of forgiveness
in the play.



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