Self-Check 8

1. At the beginning of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Helena is in love with Demetrius. Has he given her any reason to pursue him?

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2. What sorts of actions do we hear that Puck has been responsible for when we first meet him in Act 2?

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3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream includes two pairs of mature lovers and two pairs of young lovers. Theseus and Hippolyta are one pair of mature lovers, and Oberon and Titania are the other pair. When this play is produced, the same actor sometimes plays both Theseus and Oberon, and the same actress plays Hippolyta and Titania. How would this casting contribute to the theme of the play?

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4. In lines 282–283 Oedipus states, “No. / The man who dared that act will fear no curse.” Of whom is he speaking? Why is this statement ironic?

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5. In Scene 1 when Oedipus is speaking with Teiresias, why does Oedipus blame Kreon for the news that Teiresias brings him? Is this a noble thing to do?

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