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The Least You Should Know: Basic Comprehension

1. Why does Titania give Oberon the child?

2. How does Oberon find Titania and Bottom?

3. Why does Oberon remove the spell he has cast over his queen?

4. Finding the two couples asleep in the wood and learning of their more balanced love, what order does Theseus give?

5. What news does Bottom bring his companions?


Vocabulary Power: Words to Know

  • amiable
  • fret
  • loath
  • entwist
  • dotage
  • upbraid
  • conjunction
  • enmity
  • recount
  • discourse

    Visualizing the Play

    Titania and Bottom


    Tackling Challenging Passages

    Utilize critical reading strategies

    to tackle complicated text

    • Locate and read the exchange amongst Egeus, Demetrius, and Theseus from Act IV, scene 1 of your script (>)
    • Underline main ideas:  What do the words reveal about the character of each man? How has one changed? How do you feel about each?

    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


    Featured Text

    Egeus, Demetrius, and Theseus

    (Act IV, sc 1, lines 155-187)


    Enough, enough, my lord; you have enough:
    I beg the law, the law, upon his head.
    They would have stolen away; they would, Demetrius,
    Thereby to have defeated you and me,
    You of your wife and me of my consent,
    Of my consent that she should be your wife.


    My lord, fair Helen told me of their stealth,
    Of this their purpose hither to this wood;
    And I in fury hither follow'd them,
    Fair Helena in fancy following me.
    But, my good lord, I wot not by what power,--
    But by some power it is,--my love to Hermia,
    Melted as the snow, seems to me now
    As the remembrance of an idle gaud
    Which in my childhood I did dote upon;
    And all the faith, the virtue of my heart,
    The object and the pleasure of mine eye,
    Is only Helena. To her, my lord,
    Was I betroth'd ere I saw Hermia:
    But, like in sickness, did I loathe this food;
    But, as in health, come to my natural taste,
    Now I do wish it, love it, long for it,
    And will for evermore be true to it.


    Fair lovers, you are fortunately met:
    Of this discourse we more will hear anon.
    Egeus, I will overbear your will;
    For in the temple by and by with us
    These couples shall eternally be knit:
    And, for the morning now is something worn,
    Our purposed hunting shall be set aside.
    Away with us to Athens; three and three,
    We'll hold a feast in great solemnity.
    Come, Hippolyta.



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