Act 3 Midsummer Night’s Dream quiz

What does parlous mean? terrible
What does loam mean? mixture of clay, sand, and straw – used for making bricks
What does marry mean? by the Virgin Mary
What does knavery mean? trick, prank
What does translated mean? transformed
What does enthralled mean? taken prisoner by; captivated by
What does gambol mean? romp; bouncing; frisky
What does beseech mean? beg eagerly for
What does bower mean? room
What does consecrated mean? sacred; blessed
What does durst mean? dare
What does conjure mean? come up with; bring up
What does bequeath mean? assign; hand down; pass on
What does disparage mean? criticize; put down
What does apprehension mean? understanding
What does forsooth mean? indeed
Why is Puck upset to see the tradesmen rehearsing? What does he do about it? They are so close to the queen. He turns Bottom’s head into a donkey.
Why do the tradesmen flee when Bottom reappears? Puck turns his head into an animal (donkey) for his own amusement.
Compare Titania’s words to Bottom with Helena’s soliloquy about Cupid. What similarities do you see? Love is blind (Tiatania and Bottom); love and reason don’t go together
What accusation does Hermia bring against Demetrius? Hermia believes that Demetrius has killed Lysander.
What does Oberon now understand when he sees Hermia arguing with Demetrius in the beginning of Act 3, Scene 2? He realizes that Puck did not put the potion on Demetrius’ eyes.
Describe the allusions to sleep, dreams, and confusion in Scene 2. They talk about how love is hard at times, also that it can be hard to see clearly but easier to listen at night. Hermia says this.
After both Demetrius and Lysander express their newfound affection for Helena, and then Hermia enters the scene, what does Helena think all three are up to? She thinks all three of them are mocking her and making fun of her.
In light of the words and actions of Puck, how does the audience know that the fairies are more kind than malicious? because Titania orders them to wait on Bottom and the fairies are to do whatever he wishes/asks for
One of the more famous lines from the play is “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” Puck says this to Oberon when he is about to charm Demetrius to fall in love with Helena – to fix his prior mistake of charming Lysander. How is this line representative of some of the key themes in the play? They are foolish.
Have you noticed the many references to birds in the first three acts so far? Why might Shakespeare have been so keen on using ornithological imagery in this play? Lysander compares a raven and a dove – if you saw a bird, it meant something had happened
Can you remember some of the birds you have come across so far? dove, raven