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 work of Shakespeare does the mini-play mirror?

2. What can now be done with the flower Oberon saw get hit with something unique?

3. What do the fairies sing for Titania in the second scene that Titania appears in?

4. What are the fairies who stay with Titania when she goes to sleep supposed to do?

5. What wakes Hermia while she is sleeping in the wood?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Lysander decide to live when Hermia is told to make her decision between marrying Demetrius or going to a convent?

2. How does the mini-play mirror one of Shakespeare's major works?

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

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

5. What does Helena think Lysander is really doing after she wakes him up in the woods?

6. In her famous line in the first scene, what does Helena say love uses when choosing matches?

7. Where do the actors decide to hold their next rehearsal, and why do they choose that spot?

8. How does Quince resolve Flute's worries about his assigned role in the mini-play?

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

10. What does Hermia insist of Lysander when they start to fall asleep in the wood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many different characters in this play were persuaded to do things that they would not have done of their own accord. What are some of these instances, and how did persuasion affect the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

This play takes place in a few different settings. Describe some of these settings and how they affected the course of the plot. Why might Shakespeare have chosen these particular places for this plot to take place?

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