ENGLISH II A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM ACTS 2 AND 3

Parallel Each of the items is presented in the same form as the others in the sentence (important when listing or comparing things)
Perforce by necessity; by force of circumstance
Amorous strongly attracted or disposed to love
undistinguishable having no unique markings; can’t be clearly seen
Rheumatic Of, relating to, or suffering from aches in the muscles, joints, or bones
Chaplet A wreath or garland for the head
Promontory a high ridge of land or rock jutting out into a body of water
Dulcet pleasing to the ear; melodious
Spurn to reject; to kick at or tread on disdainfully
Clamorous noisy
Flout to ridicule or mock; to show contempt for
A. PuckB. FairyC. NoD. He likes to make people laughE. He wants to show that his pranks are playful, not meanF. Playful and mischievous “and then the whole quire hold their hips and loff, / And waxen in their mirth, and neeze, and swear / A merrier hour was never wasted there”A. Who said this?B. To whom was it spoken?C. Does the speaker symbolize someone or something else? D. What does this speech reveal about the speaker?E. What are the speaker’s motivations? In other words, what does the character want?F. What might you assume are some of his character traits? In other words, what adjectives might describe this character?
A. OberonB. Oberon and Titania are in a fight and they coincidentally walked up at the same time C. Prologue because it is not a long textD. It shows they are still very angry at each other “Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania”A. Who says this?B. What is the situation?C. Is this dialogue, dramatic monologue, or soliloquy? (If you are not sure what thismeans, please refer to the Elements of Fiction section) How do you know?D. What does it reveal about the relationship between the two characters?
A. TitaniaB. OberonC. They are so powerful that they can control nature and the seasonsD. She knows the severity of the matter (their fight) and that it can cause evil “And this same progeny of evil comes / From our debate, from our dissension; / We are their parents and their original”A. Who is the speaker?B. To whom is he or she speaking?C. What does the speech reveal about the influence of these two characters upon the plot?D. What does this quote reveal about the internal conflict of the speaker?
A. DemetriusB. HelenaC. He is mean spirited and fickleD. There is an intense and serious conflict between the two characters “Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit, / For I am sick when I look on thee”A. Who is the speaker?B. To whom is he or she speaking?C. What does the speech reveal about the speaker’s personality?D. What does the speech reveal about the intensity of the conflict between the two characters?
A. LysanderB. Monologue C. Bad because it gets sickening after a whileD. Sweets “For as a surfeit of the sweetest things / The deepest loathing to the stomach brings, / Or as the heresies that men do leave / are hated most of those they did deceive, / So thou, my surfeit and my heresy, / Of all be hated, the most of me”A. Who says this?B. Is this dialogue, dramatic monologue, or soliloquy? C. What does it reveal about love being a good or a bad thing?D. To what is the character comparing love?
A. HelenaB. Demetrius C. She is relying on Demetrius to comfort he because he is her everythingD. Love can lessen the eeriness of a scary situation E. They are inaccurate because she is clouded for her love by him. He is her world but he wants nothing to do with her “Your virtue is my privilege. For that / It is not night when I do see your face, /Therefore I think I am not in the night, / Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company, /For you in my respect are the world. / Then how can it be said I am alone, / When all theworld is here to look on me”A. Who speaks this? B. To whom is he or she speaking? C. What is the speaker saying this short speech?D. What about the nature of love does this speech reveal?E. How accurate are the impressions the speaker has about his or her beloved? Explain.
(Latin prefix) sub Under, beneath, from beneath, less than
Characterization the technique an author uses to develop a character in a narrative; in plays, most of this comes through what the characters themselves say in dialogue and monologues, through the way they behave, and what other characters say about them
word choice (diction) reveals character traits and personalities such as arrogance, wisdom, greed, kindness, and common sense; can also tell about the character’s experiences, view of life, and social position
Figures of speech words or phrases that carry more than their literal meaning; often used to lend emphasis or to help clarify meaning in literature
Metaphor a figure of speech through which a comparison is made between two seemingly unlike objects in order to show a similarity
Hyperbole a figure of speech which grossly exaggerates something in order to enhance its meaning; often used in drama in order to add emphasis to a point a character makes
SimileMetaphor Both metaphors and similes are means of comparison. A ________ uses the words like or as in the comparison, but a ___________ states the comparison directly
Irony the use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning

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