MSND Acts 1-5 Study Questions
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Who is Theseus? Why is he so anxious for the rising of the new moon? What does he tell Philostrate to do?
Theseus is the duke of Athens, but he acts as a lawmaker. Theseus is anxious for the rising of the new moon because it will be his wedding day, he will marry Hippolyta. He tells Philostrate to get the youth of Athens in a merry mood and to send all mournfulness to funerals. He wants no dreary people at their wedding.
Why is Egeus angry? Why has he come to see Theseus?
Egeus is angry because his daughter, Hermia, refuses to marry the man he is promised her to. Since Theseus is a lawmaker, Egeus took Hermia to him so he can remind her of the laws and consequences if she doesn't marry Demetrius.
What are your impressions of Hermia? Whom does she love?
Hermia is bold and passionate, since she is willing to stand up against her father. She loves Lysander.
What options does Theseus offer to Hermia? In what tone do you imagine him presenting these options?
The options Theseus gives Hermia are become a nun, marry Demetrius, or die. His tone would be matter-of-factly.
How does Hermia change during her time alone with Lysander? Where do Lysander and Hermia agree to meet that night? Why?
When she is alone with Lysander, she is sweet and soft spoken. They are going to meet in the woods so they can run away and get married legally.
What is the relationship between Hermia and Helena?
They are best friends
How does Helena betray the secret Hermia tell her? Why?
Helena decides to tell Demetrius of Hermia's plan, hoping this will cause him to love her,considering he will be so thankful.
Why do you suppose Egeus prefers Demetrius over Lysander?
Demetrius is more well-known and Lysander is more defiant.
What was the purpose of the meeting at Peter Quince's house?
Assign characters for play
Who is Nick Bottom? How does he make trouble at the meeting?
Bottom is a weaver and an actor. Bottom tries to control the meeting and play every part.
Briefly, what is the plot of Pyramus and Thisbe? Do you think this is an appropriate choice of play for a wedding?
Pyramus and Thisbe are in love, but are forbidden to love each other. When Thisbe is in a sleep, Pyramus believes she is dead. Seeing this, he kills himself. When Thisbe awakes to find Pyramus dead, she also kills herself. No, weddings are supposed to be fun, but this is a romance tragedy...
How are Pyramus and Thisbe like Hermia and Lysander?
They both have forbidden love.
What part will Bottom play?
What part will Snug play? What is funny about his asking whether his lines will be written out ahead of time?
Lion, lions have no lines, they just roar.
When and where do the tradesmen plan to rehearse?
In the woods at night, 3 miles out of town
Cite evidence that Bottom is "talking through his hat" when he pretends to know that the play is "a very good piece of work." Which line tells you he isn't really familiar with the play?
Bottom says, "What is Pyramus? A lover or a tyrant?"
By what other name is Puck known?
What does the fairy tell Puck at the beginning of this scene? What warning does he giver her in return?
Queen Titania is on her way// King Oberon is coming tonight
Why is Oberon with Titania? Why does he want the boy?
Titania won't give Oberon the Indian Boy because Oberon wants him to be his henchman
What sorts of tricks does Puck play on humans?
act as a stool, be in people's soup
Why is Titania jealous of Hippolyta? Of whom is Oberon jealous?
She is having an affair with Theseus//He is jealous of Theses because he is having an affair with Hippolyta.
Who do Titania and Oberon blame for recent storms and floods?
According to Oberon, how did the pansy become magical? Why does he tell Puck to fetch the flowers?
Cupid's arrow// He wants to trick Titania
Who races after Demetrius into the woods? How does he try to stop her?
Who races after Demetrius into the woods? How does he try to stop her? Helena//tells her he will rape her
What jobs does Titania send her fairies off to do?
Fetch leather wings for elves coats, get caterpillars, get rid of the noisy owl, and watch guard
Why do the fairies sing charms for Titania?
Send her to sleep
Why does Oberon pronounce a spell over Titania?
He will trick Titania into giving her the Indian boy.
Why does Lysander move away from Hermia before they sleep?
Hermia wants to remain pure and virtuous
On whose eyelids does Puck press the magic nectar? Why?
Lysander because Oberon told him to press it to the Athenian boy
What happens when Helena wakens Lysander? What does she think of his flattery?
Lysander falls in love with her, and she believes he is mocking her
What has Hermia been dreaming about?
A snake eating her heart and Lysander sitting by smiling
Why does Hermia run off at the end of the scene?
To find Lysander
Why are Bottom and Snout worried about the ladies in the audience? What solution does Bottom come up with?
They wouldn't be able to handle the suicide and lion because the acting was so good. // Adding in a prologue to explain
Why does Bottom propose looking in an almanac?
Make sure there will be a full moon so they can know if they can open a window for the moonlight.
Why does Quince decide to have Starveling carry a thorn bush?
represent the moon because the man who was exiled to the moon for working on Sabbath carries sticks on his back
How does Bottom propose that Snout make the part of the wall more realistic?
put plaster on him
How does Puck play tricks on the actors in the woods?
He puts a donkey head on Bottom
How does Bottom react when he realizes he has the head of a donkey?
sings to show he isn't afraid
How does Titania react when she sees Bottom? What orders does she give her 4 fairies?
She falls in love with him. // Orders them to tend to him
How does Oberon learn that Titania is in love with Bottom? How does he feel about this?
Puck tells him. // Overjoyed
How does Oberon realize that Puck has made a mistake and bewitched the wrong Athenian youth?
He sees Demetrius chasing after Hermia
What does Hermia think happened to Lysander? Why does she think so?
Lysander is dead. // He wouldn't leave her
On whom does Oberon press the magic nectar now? Why?
Demetrius so he will fall in love with Helena
How does Helena react when Demetrius declares his love? Why?
She is offended. // She believes he is in on the "prank"
Why do Hermia and Helena argue?
Helena is mad and Hermia because she thinks she is in on the prank too. Hermia is mad at Helena because she stole her man and keeps calling her short
Who challenges each other to a duel? Why?
Demetrius and Lysander. // To prove who loves Helena more
What does Oberon order Puck to do to set things right?
put herb on Lysander's eyes to reverse the love spell so he will fall back in love with Hermia, and he will also think it was a dream
How is Titania showing her affection for Bottom at the beginning of this scene? Who else is present- unnoticed by her?
She asks him to lay of a bed of flowers and let her fairies tend to him; Oberon
What sort of music and food does Bottom request?
Tongs and bones (made by fairies); honeybag, hay, and dried peas
How does Oberon get the little boy?
He tricks Titania into giving him the boy.
Why does Oberon return Titania to normal?
He got the changeling boy and he begins to be jealous.
How do Theseus, Egeus, and the others happen to find the four lovers? Why is Theseus surprised by their appearance?
In the woods; Lysander and Demetrius (enemies) are sleeping side by side
What would Egeus like Theseus to do? What does Theseus do instead?
To punish Lysander; Orders the couples to get married beside him and Hippolyta
When they all awaken, how much do the lovers and Bottom remember about the previous night?
They remember it all, but they believe it was a dream
What does Bottom plan to have Peter Quince write? Why? How do you feel toward Bottom, now that he is back to "normal"? Do you pity him?
A ballad; To tell everyone what happened to him. I feel he is a bit overdramatic about his "dream". I do not pity him.
Why are the tradesmen upset? Why don't they just assign someone else the role of Pyramus?
They are upset because Bottom is still not back; They believe he is the only man in Athens who can play Pyramus
What news does Snug brung? How does this make the tradesmen feel?
the wedding already happened; mad because that means no play which means no money
Why does Flute say that Bottom "hath...lost six-pence a day during his life"?
he believes that Bottom was going to be paid at least that much
How do the tradesmen find out that their play has been put on the 'preferred list'?
Bottom shows up and tells them
What does Bottom tell the others to do in preparation for the play?
gather costumes, study lines, don't eat onions or garlic
Who is married in this scene?
Theseus and Hippolyta; Lysander and Hermia; Helena and Demetrius
Why does Theseus choose Pyramus and Thisbe over the other shows he might watch?
He was told that the actors are sincere in the play and serious
How does Quince manage to make the Prologue unintentionally funny?
He is a wall and wall's don't talk
How is Hippolyta's reaction to the players different from Theseus's, at first?
At first she is embarrassed, but then joins in
Why does Pyramus (Bottom) curse the wall?
To divide him from his love, Thisbe
Why does Moonshine speak in prose instead of verse? What does he say?
He is unraveled; because he tells everyone he is Moonshine
How does the audience react as the suicides of Pyramus and Thisbe are being enacted?
They laugh when Pyramus dies, and get sad when Thisbe dies
What choices does Bottom give Theseus at the end of the play? What does Theseus choose?
If he would like to see an epilogue or see him dancing or singing; He asks to see a dance because everyone is dead
Who enters as the newly-married couples go off to bed? What does Oberon give each fairy? Why?
Puck,Oberon, and Titania; Magic dew; Bless marriages
What is Puck doing at the end as he describes the night? For what does he apologize?
Sweeping; Apologizing to the audience for the upsetting events in the play
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