English Exam – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 1 – 2

How is Hippopotamus’s reasoning concerning the speed with which the next four days will pass different from that of Theseus? Note how Shakespeare portrays the patience and calmness of Chipolata in contrast to the impatience and need for action of Theseus. She thinks the four days will go by fast. She is really impatient.Men are impatient with love, and women are patient and time will go by fast.
Why has Genus brought his daughter and her two suitors to Theseus? What does Genus expect him to do? What was the proper role for women/daughters in Athenian society, according to Genus and Theseus? So that Theseus can make his daughter marry Demetrius or kill her The proper role for women/daughter was to listen to the father, and that their the father property and they have to follow their husband/dad’s commands and they have no powerHermina won’t listen to himSimilar to Romeo and Juliet
What is Theseus’ ruling concerning Hermit? That she has to either marry Demetrius, die or become a nunHe doesn’t really want to kill her, but it’s her father’s choose on who she can marryDishonorable, cheater, not a good guy
How does Lysander’s comment about Demetrius’ previous love affair with Helena complicate things? That he already had won the heart of Helena that he broke it and he doesn’t want Hermia to go through the pain like Helena is
What do Lysander and Hermia plan to do about this seemingly impossible situation? They plan to run away together
Hermia complains that she “frowns upon [Demetrius], yet he loves me still…I give him curses, yet he gives me love.” Why, do you suppose, Demetrius continues to pursue a young woman who doesn’t want him? He probably wants Hermia’s status or her father’s moneyOr since she doesn’t want him that just makes him want her more
Why do Lysander and Hermia tell Helena their plans? So that she knows she doesn’t have to worry about Demetrius marrying Hermia and that Demetrius is going to like her again will have his love again
Even though Helena loves Demetrius and is Hermia’s old school friend, why does she decide to tell Demetrius of Hermia and Lysander’s plans? What does this tell us about Helena? She doesn’t really think of anyone, but herself and that she is desperate for Demetrius
Some people say that parents know their teenagers better than anyone else in the world, while others say that parents know only one side of their teenagers’ personalities and rarely know the full person. With which side do you agree? Depends on the parent and how much they pay attention to their child, but i think most parents only know one side of teenagers
Why does Nick Bottom want to play all the parts? Because he is full of himself
What does other famous Shakespearean story the plot of Pyramus and Thisby echo? Romeo and Juliet / Hercules
How do you suppose the threat of being hanged if they scare the ladies will affect the tradesmen’s interpretation of the tragedy of Pyramus and Thisby? It will be milled down alot, and alot of the scarething will be taken outTurn a tragedy into a comedy
In what way is this scene funny? It’s funny because thinks so highly of himself, and how he wants all the roles
Where are the actors to meet the following night? Why are they rehearsing in this remote place? The palace wood, a mile without town, by moonlight. There we will rehearse, for if we meet in the city, we shall be dogged with company and devices known
Who else is meeting in these same woods at the same time? Why do you suppose Shakespeare has set up this coincidence? Hermia and Lysander because it a quiet place where you can be alone and people don’t really go into these woods
Why are Oberon, the king of the fairies, and Titania, the queen of the fairies, fighting? They are arguing over a little Indian Boy
Name three of the numerous tricks Puck enjoys playing on humans. Turns into a apple goes to the bottom of the cup and wait till they take a sip so he can hit them in the mouth and make them spill their drinkPretends to be as tool and when people set on him , makes the stool fall over so they fallSaying the women in the villageCutting the butter, but it will never become butter
How have Oberon and Titania been involved in the past with Theseus and Hippolyta, and why have they come to Athens? Oberon: Hippolyta was his past loverTitania: Titania has gotten Theseus to cheat on 3 women he was at one point of time
What effect has their quarrel had on nature, on the the seasons, on humans? It has made the seasons switch, and everything is dieingCrops the won’t grow Disease are spreading
Why won’t Titania give up the “changeling,” or little Indian boy, to Oberon? She was friends with boy’s mother who died during childbirthHonor her friend as her friendDon’t wnat the little boy be a slave to Oberon
What does the juice from the “Love-in-idleness” flower do to a person? How did the flower get this power? It makes a person fall in love with the first thing they see, and it got it’s power when cupid’s arrow hit a wildflower causing it to turn from white to purple
This part of the play reminds one of the famous saying “Love is blind.” Describe a person from your real-life experience or a character from a story/film (other than this one) who was unable to see the flaws of the person he/she loved. In this K-drama called “Boss and Me” and Boss says he doesn’t love the girl but you can t”A K-Drama named “Protect the Boss” The guy loves the girl, but girl won’t decorate the feelings
What are Oberon’s plans for Titania? Use the magic flower to make her fall in love with an animal
Helena tells Demetrius, “I am your spaniel.” What does she mean by this? Is this the best approach to win back a former lover? Explain your answer. That she is his dog and she wants him to treat her like a dog so she can follow him wherever he goes
When Demetrius warns that Helena won’t be safe alone with him in the woods at night, what is her reply? “Ay, in the temple, in the town, the field, You do me mischief. Fie, Demetrius! Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex” (51) That this won’t be any thing they haven’t done before so why should she be afraid
Helena says that women “cannot fight for love, as men may do; we should be woo’d and were not made to woo.” Do you agree with this idea or is this old-fashioned thinking today? Explain your answer. I don’t agree with that and it is the old-way of thinking because now a day’s girl’s and boy’s woo/ purpose each other
What does Oberon tell Puck to do about Demetrius and Helena? He tells Puck to put some of the flower on Demetrius eyes and make sure Helena is the first person he see
What’s ironic about the fairies singing to lull Titania to sleep? That she is going to sleep too easily even with all this stuff going on Predicting what’s going to happenSings about keeping her protected from all the animals and ugly animals/creepy
Why does Hermia insist Lysander sleep a little bit away from her? She wants to stay innocent and for her not to be tempted To stay modest
Why does Puck anoint Lysander’s eyes with the juice from the flower? He thinks that he is Demetrius
Now that you’ve finished reading this scene, what’s funny about lines 68-70, when Hermia and Lysander are saying goodnight to each other? That they all this about loving each other, but now Lysander love Helena because of the flowers magic
How does Helena react to Lysander’s sudden love for her when he awakens? She thinks that he is just messing with her because she know s what is happening between her a Demetrius
What was Hermia’s dream? How is the dream a reflection of reality? Yes , because while she was sleeping Lysander feeling in love Helena and know his heart belongs to Helena and she is heartbroken because of this
Who says this line: “Churl, upon thy eyes I throw all the power this charm doth owe” To whom does he think he’s speaking? To whom is he really speaking? Robin to Demetrius, he s really speaking to Lysander