A Midsummer Night's Dream Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the fairy queen accuse her husband of when they first meet on stage?

2. What does Titania's husband want her to awake to after the potion is put on her eyes?

3. Who interrupts the conversation between Hermia and Lysander at the beginning of A Midsummer Night's Dream?

4. What does Oberon want to do to punish his wife in Act 2, Scene 1?

5. What did the Fairy King see striking a flower one night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What will happen to Hermia if she does not marry the man who Egeus has chosen for her to marry?

2. Why does Puck mistake Lysander for Demetrius when he sees him asleep in the wood?

3. Why is Flute unhappy with his assigned role when he first hears it?

4. What is so ironic about Bottom's name?

5. What caused the magical flower to get its powers?

6. What does Bottom do as Quince assigns all the roles in the mini-play?

7. How does Quince convince Bottom to not take the role of the Lion?

8. How does Titania fall asleep after her long day of journeying and fighting?

9. How do Hippolyta and Theseus feel about their upcoming marriage?

10. What does Lysander propose he and Hermia do to avoid the punishment laid out for Hermia should she choose to marry him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What were some of the forms of foreshadowing used in this play, and how did those moments affect the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 2

Despair was a theme that was placed in a number of sensitive places in this plot. What are some of these places, and what role did despair play in this play?

Essay Topic 3

Lysander and Demetrius are almost mirror images of each other, and yet they have some notable differences. Using excerpts from the text, please compare and contrast these two characters and explain the significance they had in the plot.

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