1 Study Guide: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Acts I & II English 10 1) Whose wedding is being discussed at the beginning of the play? 2) What is the problem Egeus brings before the Duke? 3) What is the solution to Egeus’ problem the Duke, Theseus, settles on? 4) Copy down the line found at I. i. 134; then, explain who said it, and what she or he means by it: 2 5) What do Lysander and Hermia plan to do, to avoid her father’s and Theseus’ edict? 6) Diagram the relationships among the four young Athenians here: 7) Often throughout this play, there will be pairs of people (friends, lovers, spouses) that either balance each other, unbalance each other, or appear interchangeable. What pairs can you already see like this? (Try to find an example of each; one that balances, one that unbalances, and one that’s hard to tell apart). 8) What is a soliloquy, and what can the audience trust about it? 3 9) Act I, scene i ends with Helena’s soliloquy about the unhappy predicament she’s in. Paraphrase her thoughts, and her plan, below: 10) What is it that the group of craftsmen are planning and preparing for? 11) What is the title of the piece they’ll be acting? What is supposed to be funny about the title? 12) Who is the nominal leader of the craftsmen? Who acts like leader, and why? 13) Characterize Nick Bottom, using at least three details from I, ii (and give the lines to which you refer). You do not have to copy the lines from the play, but you do have to refer to them. 4 14) What is Quince’s attitude toward Bottom, as seen in I, ii? 15) What are the rehearsal plans of the Craftsmen, at the end of I, ii? 16) What is Robin Goodfellow (Puck) like, according to the Fairy he meets in II, I and also according to himself? Also, what is his “job”? 17) Who are Oberon and Titania? 18) What are Oberon and Titania fighting about, in II, i? 19) What do Oberon and Titania accuse each other of? 20) What does Oberon plan on doing, with Puck’s help, because he’s angry with his wife? 5 21) Who overhears Demetrius and Helena arguing in the wood, and what he plan to do because of it? 22) Describe both Demetrius and Helena during their argument in II, i: list at least three adjectives for each of them, based on the reading (you do not have to list lines). 23) Whose eyes does Puck anoint with Oberon’s love potion, by mistake? 24) Who does Lysander see when he first wakes, after the love potion has been applied? How does he react to her? 25) What does Helena make of Lysander’s words and actions when she wakes him in the woods? WHY?