Much Ado About Nothing
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Where have Don Pedro, Claudio, and Benedick been?
About whom does Beatrice ask the messenger?
Why does Beatrice ask the messenger about Benedick?
To see how well he has done in the war
What name does Beatrice use when asking the messenger about Benedick?
Who was defeated in the war?
Don John's forces
How does Don Pedro treat the loser and why?
The Prince has forgiven him because they are half-brothers
How do Beatrice and Benedick treat each other?
They trade rude insults.
What conclusions can you draw about Beatrice and Benedick's relationship?
They know each other well; it seems to be a love-hate relationship; they are obviously interested in each other
In whom is Claudio interested?
Hero; he liked her before going to war and realizes now that she returns his feelings.
What does Don Pedro declare will happen before he dies?
To see Benedick sick with love
When Claudio talks to Don Pedro about Hero, he shows his interested in Hero for more than her looks and personality. What else motivates him?
Hero is Leonato's only heir and will inherit all his worldly goods.
What offer does Don Pedro make to Claudio?
At the end of the day Hero will be Claudio's
Eavesdropping or noting scenes are crucial to the plot. What does Antonio learn from his eavesdropping servant?
That Don Pedro intends to win the favor of (woo) Hero
In the Renaissance, illegitimate sons were stereotyped as wicked and conniving. Don John, the play's villain, is no exception. How is he villainous?
Don John vows revenge on Claudio and Don Pedro; Don John thinks Claudio has the "power and "prestige" that he should have.
What information obtained by eavesdropping does Borachio bring Don John?
That Claudio wants to marry Hero & that Don Pedro will act as the matchmaker.
What resolution does Don John make?
He'll do whatever it takes to make Don Pedro's and Claudio's lives miserable
What does Beatrice say happens to her whenever she sees Don John and why?
She gets heartburn because he looks so sour
What does Beatrice consider an ideal man?
Someone half way between Don John and Benedick.
What advice does Beatrice offer Hero?
If you don't like the man your father picks, then choose another
What does Leonato instruct Hero to do?
agree if Don Pedro asks her to marry him
Who pairs off to dance together at the masked party?
Pedro & Hero; Margaret & Borachio; Ursula & Antonio; Beatrice & Benedick
At the party, Beatrice recognizes Benedick in spite of his mask. How does she use this knowledge to her advantage and why?
Benedick has insulted her, so she says insulting things about him - i.e., the Prince's Fool
What lie does Don John tell Claudio?
That Don Pedro is in love with Hero and plans to wed her that night; he asks "Benedick" to help change Don Pedro's mind about Hero
How does Claudio react to Don John's lie? What does this show us about Claudio?
He becomes sad and depressed; This shows that he gives up too easily and that he cannot compare with the Prince as a husband.
How does Benedick react to Beatrice's insults?
He calls her My Lady Tongue - an insult back at Beatrice
When Beatrice takes Claudio to Don Pedro and says that Claudio is jealous, what does the Prince do?
Tells him that he has won Hero's agreement and Leonato's approval for Hero to marry Claudio.
What does Don Pedro ask Beatrice and what is her answer?
Will you marry me; no
What plan does don Pedro concoct and whose help does he enlist?
To get Benedick and Beatrice together; Cludio, Leonato, and Hero
How are the plans of Don Pedro and Don John complete opposites?
John wants to stop the marriage of Claudio and Hero, Pedro wants her and Claudio together
What kind of woman appeals to Benedick.
A women that won't let him act like such a fool
Don Pedro, Claudio, and Leonato arrange for Benedick to eavesdrop on them as a singer performs. The song's lyrics suggest that men routinely practice decepion. Who has done this so far?
What does Benedick overhear when he hides in the "pleached bower"?
The conversation with Don Pedro, Leonato, and Claudio about Beatrice's love for him
Why does Benedick believe the other men when he is hidden in the 'pleached bower'??
Because Leonato is the source of the information that Hero revealed to him
What resolve does Benedick make based on his eavesdropping?
That he loves Beatrice
On what errand does Don Pedro send Beatrice?
To call Benedick for dinner
How does Benedick react to Beatrice's news that dinner is ready?
He thanked her for taking pains to tell him that dinner is ready
On what errand does Hero send Margaret?
to insure that Beatrice is in the garden to eavesdrop on Hero and Ursula's conversation
What does Beatrice overhear from Hero & Ursula's conversation in the 'pleached bower"?
She is proud and scornful, and Benedick loves her
What is ironic about Hero saying she will slander Beatrice to Benedick, so he won't love her?
For what's going to happen to her later
What does Beatrice resolve after her gulling scene ?
She will be more kind from now on & she'll reveal her love for Benedick
How had benedick changed his appearance and why?
His beard's been shaved off, and he dresses better because he is in love with beatrice
What conclusion do Don Pedro and Claudio draw from Benedick's new appearance?
That he is in love
How does Don John try to gain the trust of Don Pedro and Claudio?
Tells them Hero is 'unworthy' and he can show them that Hero is cheating
What does Don John tell Don Pedro and Claudio the night before the wedding?
That Hero is unfathful,
What jobs are held by Dogberry and Verges?
Constable & assistant constable who assign jobs to the watchmen
What stereotype are Dogberry and Verges?
Simple, uneducated men
What is the watch's job that night?
To keep the peace and to watch over Leonato's house
What are Borachio's 2 main vices?
Drinking alcohol and deceiving people to help Don John
What is Borachio telling Conrade that the Watch overhears?
That he was paid 10,000 ducats by Don John because they worked together to make Hero look like a loose woman.
What happens to Borachio and Conrade in Act IV?
The Watch arrest both Borachio and Conrade
What do the women discuss during the dressing scene?
Men, marriage, clothing
What does Margaret claim will cure Beatrice? What pun is made and to what effect?
Carduus beneticus; it is a play on Benedick's name that Margaret says will cure all Beatrice's ailments
Why have Dogberry and Verges come to see Leonato?
They have arrested a pair of criminals & want Leonato to do the interrogation
What does Claudio do at the wedding?
He shames Hero - calls her a rotten orange - says she lacks virtue
At first, what does Leonato assume has hapened when Claudio asserts that Hero is not a virgin?
Claudio had sex with Hero before the wedding
Who sides with Claudio about dishonoring Hero?
How does Hero try to defend herself?
By saying it wasn't her; that she met no man at her chamber window
What happens to Hero in the emotionally charged wedding scene?
Who consistently believes in Hero's innocence?
Who does leonato believe after Claudio returns Hero to him?
Claudio and Don Pedro
Who is willling to give Hero the benefit of the doubt?
How are Beatrice and Benedick different in this scene
They're being nice to each other and declaring their love
When Benedick tells Beatrice that he will do anything for her, what request does she make and how does he react?
Kill claudio; he laughs & says "Not for the wide world."
What does the sexton discover during the interrogation of Conrade and Borachio?
Borachio framed Hero
What does Don John do after the dramatic wedding scene?
He leaves Messina
What does Conrade say that upsets Dogberry?
"You are an ass!"
What advice does Antonio give to Leonato?
You need to calm down
How does Leonato react to Antonio's advice?
Anger - claims the advice is as worthless "as water in a sieve"
When Leonato won't calm down, Antonio gives new advice. What is it?
Don't take all the harm on yourself - get revenge
What does Leonato want Claudio to do? Does he?
To fight him, no Leonato is too old
At the beginning of Act 5, what does Antonio offer to do?
To fight Claudio since he will not fight Leonato
What ominous metaphor does Benedick use when Claudio asks him to cheer them with his cleverness?
His [wit] is in his scabbard (equates his sword to his wit)
Who realizes that Benedick is in a serious mood in the scene after the ruined wedding?
What does Benedick want from Claudio?
to challenge him to a duel
How does Don Pedro attempt to distract Benedick when he has just challenged Claudio?
By talking about Beatrice
How does Benedick plan to alter his relationship with Don Pedro?
By leaving Don Pedro's court: "I must discontinue your company."
What news from Benedick surprises Don Pedro?
Don John has fled Messina
Of what does Dogbery accuse Borachio and Conrade?
What is ironic about Dogberry's response to Borachio and Conrade during the interrogation?
They were telling the truth
How does Claudio feel when he hears Borachio's confession?
He feels poisoned and remorseful
What offer does Claudio make to Leonato?
He begs forgiveness and will accept any punishment
What penance does Leonato give Don Pedro and Claudio?
Tell the townspeople the Hero was slandered; hang an epitaph on her grave about the lies; and come marry my niece tomorrow morning
How does Borachio demonstrate that he has had a change of heart?
He confesses his actions that caused Hero's death
What further accusation does Dogberry make against Conrade?
Conrade called him an ass
Why does Benedick ask Margaret for help?
He was "not born under a rhyming planet" and wants to write a special love poem for Beatrice
What problem does Benedick have with writing poetry?
He can't woo a lady with pretty words
What does Benedick want from Beatrice when they meet in the garden?
To what conclusion does Benedick come when he and Beatrice are bantering in the garder?
We "are too wise to woo peaceably"
Who brings the couple news of Hero's exoneration?
Why must Don Pedro and Claudio change clothes in Act 5, scene 3-after the funeral scene?
To change out of their mourning clothes into festive clothes for the coming marriage
Who is Leonato's "niece"?
What favor does Benedick want from Friar Francis?
To marry him to Beatrice that day
How does Leonato hint at his part in the romance of Beatrice and Benedick?
He implies that Hero gave them information that they used to pushthe two of them together
In act 5, scene 4, Hero removes her physical mask and reveals that she is still alive. What emotional masks are removed in this scene?
reawakened love & hope for a future together
What advise does Benedick give to Don Pedro?
"Get thee a wife!"
What job will Benedick perform for Don Pedro the day after his wedding?
To devise punishment for Don John
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