Webtask. Literature through the movies. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Answer the folowing questions on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Beforehand, watch the film, read this page and learn about the play.

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1. Why is Egeus angry with his daughter?

2. Why is Helena envious of Hermia?

3. How would you describe Bottom’s acting ability? What is Bottom’s own opinion of his acting ability?

4. Why are Oberon and Titania fighting?

5. How would you describe the character of Puck? What kind of mood does he create?

6. How does Bottom become an ass? What is the reason for this strange event?

7. How do most of the dreamers respond to the dream experience upon waking? Which character is changed permanently by the dream experience?

8. In your opinion, would the tragedy ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’  be suitable for a wedding celebration? Explain your answer.

9. Describe the relationships between the main couples in the play.

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Now do this quizz:

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1. Which of the young Athenians is first affected by the love potion?

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a. Lysander

b. Helena

c. Demetrius

d. Hermia

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2. Which man does Hemia’s father want her to marry?

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a. Demetrius

b. Lysander

c. Theseus

d. Philostrate

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3. What does Oberon want that Titania refuses to give him?

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a. Her attendant, an Indian prince.

b. Her magic wand.

c. Her Maid-in-waiting.

d. Her love.

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4. Why does Pyramus, in the craftsmen’s play, kill himself?

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a. Thisbe does not love him

b. Thisbe has been killed by a lion

c. Thisbe has been killed by her father

d. Pyramus believes Thisbe has been killed by a lion because he finds her tattered garnment at their meeting place

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5. What prank does Puck play on Bottom?

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a. He transforms him into a bear.

b. He steals his clothes.

c. He changes his voice.

d. He changes his head into that of an ass.

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6. Why is the flower whose juice Oberon seeks special?

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a. Titania has kissed it

b. One of Cupid’s arrows struck him.

c. It was a traditional symbol of love in English folklore.

d. Fairies sleep in it.

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7. Which of the craftsmen is in charge of the rehearsals?

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a. Quince

b. Snout

c. Bottom

d. Starveling

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8. How many weddings take place before the play-within-a-play?

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a. 4

b. 3

c. 2

d. 1

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9. Who blesses Theseus and Hyppolita with a magical charm at the end of the play?

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a. Oberon

b. Puck

c. Titania

d. Oberon and Titania

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10. Who suggests that the audience consider whether the entire play has been a dream?

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a. Snout

b. Puck

c. Titania

d. Peaseblossom

(Activities adapted from glencoe.com and from sparknotes)

ENJOY SHAKESPEARE!

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