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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