Much Ado About Nothing

Who is the governor of Messina? Leonato
Why is Beatrice considered a strong female? She is strong and does not want to submit to a man until she finds the perfect husband. When her cousin Hero is accused of being promiscuous woman, Beatrice explodes at Claudio for making accusations against Hero and mistreating Hero.
When Benedick and Beatrice confess their love to each other and Benedick says he will do anything for her, what does she ask him to do? She asks him to duel Claudio because he humiliated Hero and called her promiscuous.
What place is Don Pedro the prince of? Aragon
Why is Don John so bitter towards Claudio and why does he want to ruin his relationship with Hero? Claudio played a major part in the battle in between Don Pedro and Don John. Don John lost the war.
Who accompanies Don Pedro when he arrives at Leonato’s home? Claudio, Benedick, Don John
What is Hero’s character like? She is lovely, kind, caring, and innocent
Who is Margaret? Hero’s serving woman, who unknowingly helps Borachio and Don John trick Claudio into thinking that Hero is unfaithful to Claudio. Although she is an honest person, she is associated with Don John. Borachio, Don John’s close friend and associates, is her boyfriend.
Who is Borachio? An associate and friend of Don John. Helps Don John come up with the scheme to trick Claudio into thinking Hero is unfaithful.
What is Don John’s scheme? Don John plans to have Borachio call up to Margaret, who would be dressed in Hero’s clothing and standing on her balcony. Don John plans to have Claudio and Don Pedro walk by and see “Hero” flirting with another man.
Who is Conrad? One of Don John’s intimate associates, entirely devoted to Don John and his evil schemes.
Who is Dogberry? The head policeman of Messina, in charge of the watch. He is very sincere and takes his job very seriously. He has a bad habit of using exactly the wrong words to convey his meaning (malapropisms). He is a middle class person, but tries to speak elaborately, and that is when he mixes up his words and causes him to convey the wrong message. It causes him to be an occasion for parody.
Who is Balthasar? A waiting man in Leonato’s household, and a musician. He initially flirts with Margaret at the masked party and helps Leonato, Claudio, and Don Pedro trick Benedick into falling in love with Beatrice. He sings the song “Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more” to encourage women to accept the natural nature of men to be unfaithful.
Who is Ursula? Hero’s serving woman, very serious unlike Margaret.
At the beginning of the play, the messenger tells Leonato someone will be arriving soon in Messina. Who is coming? The prince and his army
Where are Don Pedro, Claudio, Benedick, and Don John returning from? War
Beatrice questions the messenger about someone. Who is it? Benedick
Who is Signor Mountano and what is his relationship with Beatrice? Signor Mountanto is Benedick. He is Beatrice’s ed-boyfriend.
According to Leonato, who is fighting a “merry war”? Benedick and Beatrice
Describe Beatrice’s greeting to Benedick upon his arrival? She is very witty towards him, very rude to him, and mocks him.
How long do Don Pedro and his company place on staying in Messina? About one month
Who is Don John? Don Pedro’s illegitimate half-brother and the antagonist of the play.
Who catches Claudio’s eye? Hero
What is it that Benedick swears will never happen to him? He will never marry
Where does Claudio say he has spent time before coming to Messina? The war
What does Don Pedro intend to do for Claudio? Talk to Hero and pretend to be CLaudio in order for Hero to fall in love with Claudio.
Who is Antonio? Leonato’s elder brother, Hero and Beatrice’s uncle.
What does Antonio claim to have learned from one of his servants? The prince is in love with Hero
What is Leonato’s reaction to the news regarding Don Pedro’s wooing of his daughter? He is happy and excited
What are Don John’s true feelings towards his brother, Don Pedro? He hates him and is extremely bitter towards Don Pedro.
What sort of person is Don John? Why should he probably lay low for the time being? How does he describe himself? He is an evil, sad, and jealous person. He should probably law low because he just got defeated in a war against his brother. He describes himself as a sad person.
What news does Borachio bring to Don John? Claudio is in love with Hero
What does Don John plan to do regarding Claudio and Hero. Why? He plans to make sure that Claudio and Hero don’t get married because he hates Claudio due to the fact that Claudio played a major part in defeating him in battle.
Who does Leonato notice is not at supper that evening? Don John
For what does Beatrice say she is thankful to God every night? That she is not married
Where does Beatrice say that, as an unmarried woman, she shall go. She shall go to hell when she dies, but the devil will reject her, so she will go to heaven and join all of the bachelors up in heaven.
What kind of party is Leonato hosting? A masquerade
What instructions do Leonato and Antonio have for Hero? What do Leonato and Antonio think will happen that evening? They instruct Hero how she should respond when the prince asks her to marry him. They think the prince will ask her to marry him at the masquerade.
Hero is onstage from the beginning of scene two. How much does she have to say? How would you describe her at this point? She is very quiet and shy. She doesn’t have much to say at this point.
How does Beatrice further insult Benedick at Leonato’s masquerade party? She tells everyone that he is a fool and they laugh at him behind his back.
Does Beatrice know that she is speaking to Benedick (who is wearing a mask)? Does Benedick think she knows who she is speaking with? Beatrice is aware that she is speaking to the masked Benedick. He does not think she knows who she is speaking to.
How does Don John feed false information to Claudio? He pretends to talk to Benedick and tells him that the prince is in love with Claudio.
Who does Claudio become angry with after Don Jon shares what he has “heard” Don Pedro
Explain how Claudio won Hero’s heart? The prince wooed Hero Claudio
What hint does Beatrice drop about possible reasons for her treatment of Benedick? They used to be in a relationshiop
What news does Don Pedro bring to Claudio Hero has agreed to marry Claudio
What plan does Don Pedro being to concot To trick Beatrice and Benedick to fall in love with one another 🙂
What plan does Barachio devise the pleases Don John •Dress Margaret in Hero’s clothing•At night, have her kiss Borachio at Hero’s window• Don John will bring Claudio and the prince by the window to see what is happening•It will look like Hero is kissing someone else and cheating on Claudio
What information does Don John say he is going to obtain? What day Claudio and Hero are to be married
Why does Benedick send a servant to retrieve book from his room? Because he is in the garden alone lamenting over Claudio and Hero’s marriage?
What changes in Claudio’s behavior does Benedick notice? What does Benedick blame for the changes in Claudio’s behavior? He is lighthearted, in a very happy mood, cares for his appearance, and talks in love language because he is in love. He blames the changes in Claudio’s behavior on love, and Benedick is not happy because he is in love because he seems to be the only bachelor left
What qualities must a women posses before Bendick will even consider her for a wife? Rich, virtuous, wise, fair, mild, noble, a good conversationalist, and a musician
What story do Don Pedro, Balthasar, and Claudio tell while Benedick is hiding in the arbor? Beatrice is in love with Benedick
What knowledge do Don Pedro, Balthasar, and Claudio have the Benedick is not aware of? Beatrice is not actually in love with Benedick, they are just making it up
What is Benedick’s reaction when he overhears that Beatrice is “in love with him”? He realizes that he is in love with her
What plan have Hero, Margaret, and Ursula agreed to participate in> To trick Beatrice to fall in love with Benedick
Why does Hero claim that she will never tell Beatrice of Benedick’s “affections” Because she would mock him and scorn him
What is Beatrice’s reaction to what she overhears? She decides she is in love with Benedick
Where is Don Pedro headed after Claudio and Hero’s wedding? Home to Aragon
What excuse does Benedick give for his melancholy behavior? He says he has a toothache
What do Don Pedro and Claudio claim is “wrong” with Benedick? He’s in love
What changes has Benedick made in his physical appearance? He shaves his beard and wears cologne
What false news dos Don John bring to Don Pedro and Claudio? That Hero is a loose woman
How does Don John inter to “prove” his accusations? Bring Don Pedro and Claudio to Hero’s window to see “proof”
What does Claudio intend to do if he finds out that Hero truly is inappropriately seeing other men? Denounce her and refuse to marry her because she is “promiscuous” in front of the whole crowd at the wedding
What does the reader notice about Dogberry and Verge’s speeches They use malapropisms. They misuse words and their sentences don’t make sense.
How does Dogberry instruct his watchmen to deal with any wrongdoers they may encounter? Put them in jail
What do the watchmen happen to overhear Don John’s plan. Borachio tells Conrade that the plan worked and the prince and Claudio now think Hero is a loose women
Describe Beatrice’s mood during the scene with Hero and Margaret. To what does Hero contribute to this mood She is sick and lovesick