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Examination Questions on A Midsummer Night's Dream

1. How long does the action last in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

2. What dramatic purpose does Shakespeare attain by making Lysander and Hermia, and also the Athenian mechanicals, leave the city?

3. The characters in this play constitute four groups. What are they?

4. Have the causes of the action of the drama been clearly set forth in this opening act? What were those causes?

5. What was Puck's special function?

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

7. What is the dramatic function of the juice of the flower love-in-idleness?

8. What measures does Puck, acting under orders from Oberon, now take to accomplish the Resolution of the drama?

9. What is the nature of this play? Is it a masque?

10. What anachronisms are there in the play?

11. What three forms of composition does Shakespeare use in this play?


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Act 2, Oberon. From An Illustration of Shakespeare by Branston, 1800.