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1. In Act II, Scene 1, of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, who is speaking to whom in these lines? I will not stay thy questions; let me go Or, if thou follow me, do not believe But I shall do thee mischief in the wood.
A. Demetrius to Lysdander B. Demetrius to Helen C. Lysander to Demetrius D. Hermia to Helen 2. “The best in this kind are but shadows” is A. Theseus talking about plays. B. Bottom talking about his fellow craftsmen. C. Demetrius talking about the women he has loved in the past. D. Titania talking about men. 3. To whom is Helena speaking when she says, “If you were civil and knew courtesy,/You would not do me thus much injury” (act 3, scene 2)? A. Lysander and Demetrius B. Hermia only C. Demetrius and Hermia D. Hermia and Lysander 4. Humanists believe that A. humans and animals existed on the same level. B. Shakespeare didn’t actually write the plays we think he did. C. love is an illusion. D. life on earth is important in its own right. 5. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bottom, Flute, and Snout have names that are puns on A. their physical appearance. B. malapropisms. C. famous people of that day. D. their trade or employment. 6. In his comedies, Shakespeare is well known for A. an unusual use of Middle English. B. the device of mistaken identity. C. revealing great heroes as common fools. D. fatally flawed characters. 7. According to Renaissance philosophy, commoners often represent A. pride. B. appetite. C. love. D. reason. 8. The craftsmen in the play speak in prose because A. that kind of common language symbolizes their status in life. B. too much blank verse gets tiresome. C. it’s the language of love. D. Theseus would have forbidden them to use verse. 9. When are the following lines spoken? If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber’d here, While these visions did appear. A. When Hermia and Lysander are talking B. Right before Puck casts a spell on Bottom C. When Theseus and Hippolyta are talking about their wedding D. At the very end of act 5 10. Which characters exchange these lines—and in what order—in Act I, Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream? I frown up him, yet he loves me still. O that your frowns would teach my smiles such skill! A. Helena followed by Hermia B. Hermia followed by Helena C. Titania followed by Oberon D. Oberon followed by Titania 11. Before the Renaissance, virtually all dramas focused on A. religious themes. B. life-and-death plots. C. family relationships. D. the human condition. 12. Who speaks the line “Lord, what fools these mortals be”? A. Oberon B. Puck C. Cobweb D. Mustardseed 13. One difference between tragedy and comedy is that tragedy A. makes us laugh at ourselves, not others. B. usually features an extraordinary hero. C. uses metaphor and analogy to make its point. D. uses supernatural elements. 14. By the Renaissance theory of correspondences, the heart of the family is the A. grandmother B. grandfather C. father D. mother 15. In Act III, Scene 1, who hears these words from Titania? Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful. A. Puck B. Oberon C. Peaseblossom D. Bottom 16. Using pairs of opposites, such as Helena and Hermia, is called A. realism. B. doubling. C. irony. D. foreshadowing. 17. Egeus wants his daughter to A. marry Lysander. B. marry Demetrius. C. be executed. D. enter a convent. 18. Who says “The course of true love never did run smooth”? End of exam A. Demetrius B. Lysander C. Titania D. Bottom 19. In act 5, why does Hippolyta believe the lovers’ story of their time in the forest? A. She wants to oppose Egeus. B. She wants to defend the lovers. C. She believes the women because she’s a queen. D. The lovers’ stories all match. 20. During the Renaissance, dramatists began writing about A. everyday people. B. history. C. religion. D. science.