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The Least You Should Know: Basic Comprehension

1. Why is Oberon angry with his queen?                   

2. On what mission does Oberon send Puck?

3. Upon overhearing Demetrius and Helena, what does Oberon command Puck to do?

4. Upon whose eyes does Puck apply the potion?

5. When he wakes up, who does Lysander see and love?

6. What is Helena's reaction to Lysander's words of love?

7. To where has Lysander disappeared when Hermia awakes?


Vocabulary Power: Words to Know

  •  perforce                          
  • amorous                             
  • undistinguishable              
  •  rheumatic                          
  • chaplet                               
  •  promontory                       
  • dulcet                                
  • spurn                                 
  • clamorous                          
  • flout


    Visualizing the Play

    Young, dumb, and in love:  Hermia and Lysander


    Tackling Challenging Passages

    Utilize critical reading strategies

    to tackle complicated text

    • Locate and read Titania's passage from Act II, scene 2 of your script (>)

    (*Note her main idea in the first line:  "These are the forgeries of jealousy"  (this is what our fight has done to nature)

    • Underline main ideas:  what are the natural disasters Titania and Oberon have caused?  

    Circle supporting details that help you visualize the disasters; utilize footnotes and companion text as well

    • Discuss with your seat partner
    • Write a short paraphrase in the margin at the end of the passage; be ready to share full group


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    Featured Text


    (Act II, scene 1, lines 81-117)

    These are the forgeries of jealousy:
    And never, since the middle summer's spring,
    Met we on hill, in dale, forest or mead,
    By paved fountain or by rushy brook,
    Or in the beached margent of the sea,
    To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind,
    But with thy brawls thou hast disturb'd our sport.
    Therefore the winds, piping to us in vain,
    As in revenge, have suck'd up from the sea
    Contagious fogs; which falling in the land
    Have every pelting river made so proud
    That they have overborne their continents:
    The ox hath therefore stretch'd his yoke in vain,
    The ploughman lost his sweat, and the green corn
    Hath rotted ere his youth attain'd a beard;
    The fold stands empty in the drowned field,
    And crows are fatted with the murrion flock;
    The nine men's morris is fill'd up with mud,
    And the quaint mazes in the wanton green
    For lack of tread are undistinguishable:
    The human mortals want their winter here;
    No night is now with hymn or carol blest:
    Therefore the moon, the governess of floods,
    Pale in her anger, washes all the air,
    That rheumatic diseases do abound:
    And thorough this distemperature we see
    The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts
    Far in the fresh lap of the crimson rose,
    And on old Hiems' thin and icy crown
    An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds
    Is, as in mockery, set: the spring, the summer,
    The childing autumn, angry winter, change
    Their wonted liveries, and the mazed world,
    By their increase, now knows not which is which:
    And this same progeny of evils comes
    From our debate, from our dissension;
    We are their parents and original.


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