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1
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How much money does Bassanio want to borrow in Antonio’s good name?

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Bassanio wants 3,000 ducats on Antonio’s credit, he says that he’ll pay them back in three months.

2
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Shylock says he’ll lend the money, but would like to speak to Antonio first. What does Bassanio suggest that Shylock refuses to do and why?

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Bassanio invites Shylock to dinner with himself and Antonio to discuss the terms of the agreement. Shylock refuses this offer because it will likely be a Christian dinner with pork, which Shylock does not eat because he is Jew.

3
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He says he’ll trade with Christians, talk and walk with Christians, but he has to draw a line somewhere. Where does he draw the line?

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Shylock’s drawn it at eating, drinking, and praying with Christians.

4
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When Antonio then enters the scene, what does Shylock say about him aside?

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Shylock says that he hates Antonio because he is a Christian, Antonio lends money to people without charging interest; Antonio publicly condemns Shylock for charging excessive interest.

5
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Shylock then tells a little story taken from the Bible about Jacob’s dealings with his Uncle Laban as evidence that it isn’t a sin to charge interest. What does Antonio say as a reaction to Shylock using the bible?

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Antonio mocks Shylock’s attempts to use the Bible as justification for charging interest when he says the “devil” can cite Scripture for his purposes.

6
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While calculating interest Shylock hears one of Antonio’s remarks while he was ranting and he is quickly incited to anger. What does Shylockpoint out?

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Shylock points out that in the Rialto, Antonio spit on him, called him a dog, and insulted him publicly for his practice of lending with interest.

7
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What is Antonio’s reaction to being confronted by Shylock?

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Antonio doesn’t defend himself against these nasty charges. He admits it’s true he spat and cursed at Shylock. In fact, he’ll probably do it again.

8
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Shylock decides not to charge interest on Antonio’s loan, but what does he offer “as a joke” instead?

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Shylock will have the right to cut a “pound of flesh” from any part of Antonio’s body.

9
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Antonio thinks this is a good idea to use the “pound of flesh” agreement. What does Bassanio think?

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Bassanio insists that it isn’t necessary but Antonio is confident.