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Examination Questions on A Midsummer Night's Dream

Question: What is the dramatic purpose of the reference by the king and queen of the Fairies to Theseus and Hippolyta?

Answer: To make evident the close relation and strong influence of the latter upon the Fairies, who play so important a part in carrying forward the action of this drama. By means of it Shakespeare connects the mortals in the drama with the Spirits; the natural with the supernatural.

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Fleming, William H. How to Study Shakespeare. New York: Doubleday and Co., 1898. Shakespeare Online. 10 Aug. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < >.

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