Midsummer Nights Dream

What is the setting of scene one? Thesus palace in athens
Who are Theseus and Hippolyta? Duke of Athens and Queen of the Amazons
What are Theseus and Hippolyta discussing as the play opens? Their wedding
How is Hippolyta’s reasoning concerning how quickly the next four days will pass different from that of theseus? Hippolyta thinks its going to go by quickly and Theseus thinks its going to go by slow
Why has Egeus brought his daughter and her two suitors to theseus? what does Egeus expect him to do? He wants her to marry demetrius
What was the proper role for women/daughters in Athenian society according to Egeus and Theseus? Following orders
What is Theseus’s ruing concerning Hermia? 3 options Marry Demetrius, Die, become a NUN
What does Egeus say to Lysander has Done Cast a spell on her
Who claims the ” certain right” to hermia’s hand? Demetrius
What do Lysander and Hermia plan to do about this seemingly impossible situation? run away to elope
Describe how Helena feels about Hermia she is jealous
What view of love does Helena present in her soliloquy at the end of scene one? Love can make a worthless person beautiful and when you are in love you don’t see with your eyes but with your mind
Which craftsman is in charge at first? Peter Quincy
Who takes over? Bottom
Why does nick bottom want to play all the parts? He wants a one man show
In what way is act one, scene two funny? why do you suppose Shakespeare included this scene? Bottom tries to takeover and he is turned into a Donkey
Where are the actors to meet the following night? Who else is meeting in these same woods at the same time? the woods, Fairies
When Lysander tells Hermia, “The course of true love never did run smooth” he is uttering a central theme of the play. Oberon and Titania’s relationship(jealousy)Demetrius and Lysander fight over who should get to marry Hermia
What is the setting of act two scene one? Woods
What does the reader find out about the current relationship between oberon, King of the fairies, and Titania, Queen of the fairies, from Robin Goodfellow and the First fairy Oberon and Titania have been fussing about the Changeling boy
What is Robin GoodFellow’s other name? Puck
What is Robin Goodfellow Known for? Pulling Pranks
Which Characters do oberon and Titania accuse each other of doting on (playing favorites) Theseus & Hippolyta
Describe the effects on nature of Oberon and Titania’s Quarrel Causes bad weather
Describe in detail oberon’s plan to torment Titania Make her fall in love with the first thing she sees
What does Oberon want Robin Goodfellow to do? Go get a Flower
What is love-in-idleness and why is it Important? A pansies that was shot b cupid by accident
Whom does Oberon order Robin Goodfellow to affect with the juice? Athenian (Demetrius)
What mistake does Robin Goodfellow make? He uses it on lysander
Why does Robin Good fellow make his mistake? He doesn’t know who Demetrius is
How does Helena react to Demetrius’s Verbal abuse? She is more attracted to him
What is her response to his threats of physical abuse? She doesn’t care how she is treated she just wants to be in his presence
Compare the quarrel between Demetrius and Helena to that between Lysander and Hermia ? Demetrius& Helena- Get away from me I hate youLysander& Hermia- no get away from me , you love me too much
Describe Hermia’s strange dream at the end of scene 2? She dreamed a snake was eating her heart while Lysander watched
How is Hermia’s dream connected to the reality she wakes up to? Lysander was gone
What are the major Conflicts? JealousyLove Square
What are the specific problems the craftsmen are trying to solve? What solutions do they propose ? They have no wall- one of the characters becomes the wallthey have no moonlight- they use an lantern
Do you think the Craftsmen have good imagination? why or why ? No because there props won’t thought out properly
How does Bottom behave at the beginning of Act Three scene one? Like an ass
What does Robin Goodfellow do to Bottom? Turns him into a donkey
How do the craftsman react to the change in Bottom? They freak out and run away
How do you think Shakespeare wanted his audience to react to Bottom’s transformation? He wanted them to laugh
How does Bottom react to Titania’s affections? he is surprised
When Oberon first hears the news that Titania is in love with Bottom, how does he react? He is happy & now he feels sorry
How does Oberon react When he finds out that Robin Goodfellow has affected Lysander with ” love-in-idleness” instead of Demetrius? He is upset
Map out the changes in the lovers affections from the beginning of the play to the end of act three, indicating when Oberon and Robin Good fellow are involved Hermia- Demetrius- Helena-Lysander-Hermia-Demetrius-Hermia(Hermia always loves Demetrius & Helena always loves Lysander)
What does hermia accuse Demetrius of doing? killing Lysander
Why is the truth almost worse than what she first imagines? He is alive but he doesn’t love her anymore
What does Helena think is going on in scene two? playing a joke on her
How does Oberon plan to set everything straight , what does Robin Goodfellow do to help? Undo the spell and get everyone lost in the woods and make them tired
How does Shakespeare show the audience the process of producing a play throughout MSND? consider what the crafts men do as they prepare for pyramus and thisbe. assign partspracticepropsWorry about offending the audience
How is Titania showing her love for Bottom at the beginning of scene one? Giving him his wants and needs
How does Oberon feel when he sees Titania? feels bad
What are Theseus and Hippolyta doing in the woods? they are hunting
What time is it when Theseus and Hippolyta enter the woods? Early morning
Who else is with Theseus and Hippolyta? egeus
How do the lovers feel about the past night’s events They think it was a Dream
How does Egeus react to the discovery of the lovers? He is angry
How does Theseus react to the discovery of the lovers? Happy and Surprised
Why do you think Theseus is “softer” he is getting married
What part of human nature does Bottom Represent? he is betraying arrogrance
What do the other craftsmen think of bottoms talent? he is the best actor ever
How does Bottom behave When he returns to Quince’s house? He is excited
Has Bottom changed after his night in the woods? a little bit because he puts the play first before telling what happened in the woods
What instructions does Bottom give the other actors? Don’t eat onions and Garlic, and wear new shoe laces
Have the weddings occurred yet? yes
What is the role of the fairies They are backbone, create & solve the conflicts
How exactly are lunatics, lovers, and poets alike? Great imaginations
What does Hippolyta say has happened to the lovers? Something Strange
What time is it at the beginning of the act? 9p.m
What is Theseus waiting for? bedtime
How is the play Pyramus and Thisbe described for him? Tedious & briefMerry& Tragic
How are those” that play it” described? Skilled laborers & they don’t have to use their brains because they are not well educated
Why does Theseus chooses Pyramus & thisbe? He wants to see the common people and reward them for their hard work
How does Shakespeare use the comments from the audience to enhance the humor of the play that they are watching? it makes the actors have different emotions * when bottom cam out of charcter to answer the audience question
Is pyramus and Thisbe comedy or tragedy? Comedy- lack of skill and tragedy because somebody dies
Whar does Theseus say would make the play ” a fine Tragedy”? If the person who wrote it played Pyramus and hung himself with thisbe Garter
What time is it when the play is over Midnight
Why is the time significant Fairy time
Summarize Oberons blessing at the end of the play Giving them that happily ever after
Why do you think the fairies, and specifically robin Good fellow, close the play? backbone of the play
Summarize Robin Good fellow’s last lines If you liked the play clapIf you didn’t like it pretend it was all a dream
Whom is robin Good fellow addressing? Audience
Discuss the dramatic irony in the play -The fairies make the characters fall in love with the wrong peopleWhen bottom gets turned into an ass

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