The Least You Should Know: Basic Comprehension
1. Why does Bottom want a prologue written for the play?
2. What has Puck done to Bottom?
3. Identify the speaker: "Tie up my love's tongue, bring him silently."
4. What news does Puck bring Oberon?
5. Why does Oberon send Puck to fetch Helena?
6. What is Helena's situation at this point in the play?
7. What does Helena suppose of Hermia?
8. What does Hermia think Helena has done?
9. Why does Oberon send Puck to confuse the two young men?
10. What remedy corrects the crossed-loved couples?
Vocabulary Power: Words to Know
Tackling Challenging Passages
Utilize critical reading strategies
to tackle complicated text
- Locate and read Oberon's monologue from Act III, scene 2 of your script (>)
- Underline main ideas: what is his plan? How is Puck involved? Why is he doing this?
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
Read definition for the literary term foil (click on link); review Acts I-III for evidence that the following are foils to one another:
- Hermia & Helena
- Lysander & Demetrius
- Theseus/Hippolyta & Oberon/Titania
Can you think of foils from any other pieces you've read?
For extra credit, respond in the comments box below. Identify yourself by first name/last initial & class period. List additional foil pair and a brief explanation.
(Act III, sc 2, lines 102-109)
Flower of this purple dye,
Hit with Cupid's archery,
Sink in apple of his eye.
When his love he doth espy,
Let her shine as gloriously
As the Venus of the sky.
When thou wak'st, if she be by,
Beg of her for remedy
...and how about those ALLUSIONS?
Visualizing the Play
Titania...don't open your eyes!