Exam – Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 5

When discrediting the young Athenians’ stories, Theseus says, “Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, such shaping fantasies, that apprehend more than cool reason ever comprehends.” Explain his meaning. Do you agree with his idea? Explain your answer. That it is weird all 4 of them had the same dream, and that maybe it really do happenThat person in love can be crazy just like someone who goes madYes, they become crazy and start to focus on the person
Why does Theseus choose to see the play about Pyramus and Thisby rather than the other entertainment options? He finds it the weird that the play can be tragic and funny and short and long at the sameHe also wants to see they will put this all together
What evidence do we have in lines 89-105 that Theseus is a kind-hearted ruler? That it would be meaner to not let them perform than to perform and have them make fun of themselvesQuince fumbles in stride, saying the players don’t stand on points, but The Ease doesn’t mind the mistakesGives them a chance, and many people have come to say something to me that there were so nervous and that he is always so kind to them
How is Quince’s prologue reflective of what Theseus said in lines 89-105? That exactly what happens and that’s why his sentences were wrong
In lines 155-156, what heavy-handed literary technique is being used? Alliteration – all the words start with the same letter
Do you find the newlyweds’ commentary during the play to be funny or annoying? Explain your answer. Yes, because they are just insulting them and not taking the play seriously Annoying because it’s disrespectful and mean
In what way is Thisby/Flute’s final speech humorous? The comparisons he/she use doesn’t make him seem very good-looking
Write down the lines from Theseus’ last bit of text that show he actually enjoyed the play. The play made time pass, even though play was bad the couples still enjoyed it
What wedding gift do Titania and Oberon give all three wedded couples? The blessed them- Always be in love- Future children will be blessed
What is the purpose of Puck’s final speech? What’s ironic (and sort of silly) about Shakespeare ending his play this way? That it was what happened to the couplesTheseus said not to makes an excuse and that exactly what happened

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