Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Act 1, Scene 1 Abstract
* As this scene opens, the Governor of Messina, Leonato, his niece Beatrice, and his daughter Hero are speaking with a messenger.
* Leonato questions the messenger about the battle, learning that a young lord of Florence named Claudio has earned praise for his part in the battle.
* Beatrice asks the messenger about Benedick, a...
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