A Midsummer Night's Dream and Scene

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Study Questions
ACT I, SCENE I - Due Date ____________________ 1. How is Hippolyta’s reasoning concerning how quickly the next four days will pass different from that of Theseus? 2. Why has Egeus brought his daughter and her two suitors to Theseus? What does Egeus expect him to do? 3. What was the proper role for women/daughters in Athenian society according to Egeus and Theseus? 4. What is Theseus’s ruling concerning Hermia? 5. How does Lysander’s comment about Demetrius’s previous love affair with Helena complicate things? 6. What do Lysander and Hermia plan to do about this seemingly impossible situation? 7. Why do they tell Helena what they plan to do? 8. Even though Helena loves Demetrius and is Hermia’s
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5. What is Theseus’s first explanation of why the young people are asleep in the woods? 6. What explanation does Demetrius make? Why does he compare his love for Hermia to an illness? 7. What is Theseus’s decision concerning the four young people? 8. Why can’t the young people be sure whether they are awake or dreaming? 9. Bottom believes he too has had a dream. How is he going to use that dram to entertain the Duke? ACT IV, SCENE II - Due Date ____________________ 1. What opinion do the other artisans now have of Bottom since they think he is lost? 2. What do they most regret losing by not being able to perform the play? 3. Why must the artisans hurry to the Duke’s palace? ACT V - Due Date ____________________ 1. Why does Theseus dismiss the stories of the four young people? 2. Why does Theseus choose to see the play about Pyramus and Thisby rather than the other entertainments? 3. Why does Philostrate try to keep Theseus from seeing the play? What does he say is wrong with it? 4. What does Theseus mean by, “For never anything can be amiss, when simpleness and duty tender it”? 5. What is accomplished by having the Prologue tell the whole story that the actors are then going to enact? 6. How does Shakespeare use the comments from the audience to enhance the humor of the play that they are watching? 7. What is Hippolyta’s reaction to the play? 8. In what way is Thisby’s final speech humorous? 9.
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