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					A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Act III, Scene 1
  Reading Parts:
    Narrator
    Bottom
    Quince
    Snout
    Starveling
    Robin (Puck)
    Flute
    Titania
    Peaseblossom
    Cobweb
    Mote (Moth)
    Mustardseed
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Act III, Scene 1
 1.   How does Bottom propose to reassure the audience
      that no real harm befalls the actors in their play? Do
      you think this is a necessary element? Why/why not?

 2.   Why are the elements moonshine and wall difficult
      for the thespians to deal with in their play?

 3.   What does Robin (Puck) mean when he calls the
      thespians “hempen homespuns”?

 4.   What mischief does Robin (Puck) create? (Hint:
      There’s more than one thing).

 5.   What words and phrases spoken by Bottom have a
      double meaning? Explain each.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Act III, Scene 2
  Reading Parts:
    Narrator
    Lysander
    Helena
    Demetrius
    Hermia
    Oberon
    Robin (Puck)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Act III, Scene 2
 1.   Why is it that Oberon wants to trick and mock Titania,
      but he wants to help the Athenian lovers?

 2.   What does Hermia think Demetrius has done to
      Lysander?

 3.   Read the translation of Robin’s speech in lines 92-93
      and at line 115. What criticism does Shakespeare
      voice through Robin about humankind?

 4.   What is revealed about the past relationship between
      Helena and Hermia?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Act III, Scene 2
 5.   What insults does Lysander scorn Hermia with? Why
      does he do this?

 6.   Describe the comical misunderstanding between
      Hermia and Helena.

 7.   Was the quarrel over Helena between Demetrius and
      Lysander really a mistake or did Robin (Puck) do this
      purposefully? What lines indicate this?

 8.   What fun does Robin get to have with Demetrius and
      Lysander? Give examples of taunts directed towards
      Demetrius.

				
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