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A Midsummer Nights Dream: Study Questions


Assessment: Reading for detail
When we read for detail we are better able to understand the broader themes of a story. We are able to
follow the plot and make predictions from characters conversations and from stage directions. When
we read for detail can see exactly what is going on and incorporate that knowledge into our interactions
with the text, our discussions, and our writing.
Act I, Scene i.
1. Where does this scene take place? _____________________________________________
2. In how many days will the wedding take place? _____________________
3. Who is Hippolyta? ________________________________________________________
4. How has Theseus persuaded Hippolyta to marry him? _____________________________
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5. What is Egeus complaint against Hermia? ______________________________________
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6. List three things Lysander has done to win Hermias love
a. _____________________________________
b. _____________________________________
c. _____________________________________
7. What options does Theseus give Hermia? _______________________________________
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8. What equalities and advantages does Lysander say he has against Demetrius? ____________
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9. What criticism does Lysander make against Demetrius? ____________________________
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10. What is Lysanders plan? ____________________________________________________
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11. Who is the Carthage Queen and why is she famous? _____________________________
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12. What three complements does Helena pay Hermia? _______________________________
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13. What complaints do Helena and Hermia make against Demetrius? ____________________
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14. What does Hermia tell Helena? _______________________________________________


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15. What does Helena decide to do? ______________________________________________
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Act I, Scene ii.
1. Where does this scene take place? _____________________________________________
2. What are the workmen preparing for? __________________________________________
3. What is the title of the play they are working on? _________________________________
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4. What kind of play is it? _____________________________________________________
5. What jobs do each of the men have? (this is connected to their types of character)
a. Bottom: ___________________________________________________________
b. Quince: ___________________________________________________________
c. Snug: ___________________________________________________________
d. Starveling: _________________________________________________________
e. Flute: ___________________________________________________________
f. Snout: ___________________________________________________________
6. What are three words that Bottom uses incorrectly? What does he mean by each word?
a. __________________________________________________________________
b. __________________________________________________________________
c. __________________________________________________________________
Act II, Scene i.
1. Where does this scene take place? _______________________________________________
2. What is the fairys opinion of Puck (line 16)? _______________________________________
3. Who is Oberon? ____________________________________________________________
4. Why is Oberon mad? _________________________________________________________
5. What name does the fairy call Puck? ______________________________________________
6. What does she say he does? _____________________________________________________
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7. How does Oberon greet Titania, his wife? __________________________________________
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8. What does Titania say about Oberon? __________________________________________
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9. Whom does Titania accuse Oberon of loving? ______________________________________
10. Who does Oberon say is Titanias lover? __________________________________________

11. What six things does Titania say their quarrel has done to nature?
a. _____________________________________________________________________
b. _____________________________________________________________________
c. _____________________________________________________________________
d. _____________________________________________________________________
e. _____________________________________________________________________
f. _____________________________________________________________________
12. What does Oberon want? ______________________________________________________
13. Why does Titania refuse? _______________________________________________________
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14. What does Oberon tell Puck to get? ______________________________________________
15. What will he do with this? ______________________________________________________
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16. How does Helena tell Demetrius to treat her? _______________________________________
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17. How does Oberon plan to help Helena? ___________________________________________
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Act II, Scene ii.
1. Where does this scene take place? ________________________________________________
2. Why are Lysander and Hermia in the woods? _______________________________________
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3. Where does Hermia tell Lysander to sleep? _________________________________________
4. What does Puck do? __________________________________________________________
5. What happens when Lysander wakes up? __________________________________________
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6. What is Hermias dream about? What could it mean? _________________________________
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Act III, Scene i.
1. Where does this scene take place? ________________________________________________
2. Why are the workmen there? ____________________________________________________
3. Why do the workmen think they need a prologue? ___________________________________
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4. What does Puck do to Bottom? __________________________________________________
5. What do the other workmen do? _________________________________________________

6. What happens when Bottoms singing wakes Titania? _________________________________


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7. How does Bottom react to the love of the beautiful fairy queen? ________________________
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Act III, Scene ii.
1. Where does this scene take place? ________________________________________________
2. What does Oberon discover? ___________________________________________________
3. What does Hermia think Demetrius has done to Lysander? ____________________________
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4. How does Oberon try to repair the situation? _______________________________________
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5. What three compliments does Demetrius pay Helena when he wakes up?
a. __________________________________________________________________
b. __________________________________________________________________
c. __________________________________________________________________
6. What does Helena say about the situation (ll. 145-161)?________________________________
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7. Of what does Helena accuse Hermia (ll. 192-220)? ___________________________________
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8. What are six insults Hermia receives?
a. __________________________________________________________________
b. __________________________________________________________________
c. __________________________________________________________________
d. __________________________________________________________________
e. __________________________________________________________________
f. __________________________________________________________________
9. What does Lysander say he will not do to Hermia? ___________________________________
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10. What does Hermia call Helena? __________________________________________________
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11. How does Oberon plan to fix the situation? ________________________________________
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12. How will Oberon get the Indian boy from Titania? ___________________________________
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Act IV, Scene i.


1. What three donkey-like habits does Bottom now have?
a. __________________________________________________________________
b. __________________________________________________________________
c. __________________________________________________________________
2. Why does Oberon release Titania from her spell? ____________________________________
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3. What demand does Egeus make? ________________________________________________
4. What does Demetrius say in response? ____________________________________________
5. What does Theseus decide? _____________________________________________________
6. What does Helena mean when she says, Mine own and not mine own (l. 191)? ____________
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7. What does Bottom think about his adventure? ______________________________________
Act V, Scene i.
1. What does Hippolyta think about the lovers stories? _________________________________
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2. What does Theseus think about their stories? _______________________________________
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3. What four entertainments does Theseus choose from?
a. __________________________________________________________________
b. __________________________________________________________________
c. __________________________________________________________________
d. __________________________________________________________________
4. What three blunders do the actors make in lines 195-198?
a. __________________________________________________________________
b. __________________________________________________________________
c. __________________________________________________________________
5. What does the lion say in order not to frighten the ladies? _____________________________
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6. What odd thing does Bottom do at the end of the play? _______________________________
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7. What does Puck say at the end of the play (some people think he is speaking for Shakespeare)?
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9. ___________________________________________________________________________