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A Midsummer Night's Dream

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

A Before Reading

1 Who was William Shakespeare? What do you know about him? Do you know any of his famous plays? Have

you seen any of his plays? What country was he from? What century did he live in?

2 Below in the word maze are the names of seven other famous stories by William Shakespeare. Try to find

them. The names run across or down.

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B While Reading

3 A Midsummer Night's Dream is a story about love. Below are some of the main characters from the play.

Who did each person love? Did their feelings change during the story? Why? Fill in the table below. Chapter Demetrius Helena Oberon Titania Hermia Lysander Who did they love? How and why did their feelings change?

4 Below are eight adjectives that you might use to describe some of the people in the play. Match the

adjective with the definition. cruel mischievous proud confused foolish selfish jealous cunning Being stupid and doing things likely to have a bad result Being clever and tricky Enjoying causing pain to other people or animals Feeling pleasure about something you own or have done Feeling angry or bitter about someone who has something you want Making trouble and doing naughty things without hurting anyone Only caring about yourself and no-one else Unable to understand something or think clearly about it

5 Match the adjectives from the exercise above with the characters pictured below. There may be more than

one adjective for each character. Give reasons for your choice. Then think of another six adjectives that describes each character.

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C After Reading

6 Read the orginal text in the grey shaded boxes again. This is the English that Shakespeare wrote. Do you

like it? Is it like poetry? Is it more difficult to understand? How has the English language changed since then?

7 Love is a very powerful emotion. In this story, some of the characters are prepared to kill themselves or

someone else for love. Some would run away from their family and friends for love. Would you do any of these things? Have you done any strange things for love?

8 This is a famous love story. Can you think of any other famous love stories, perhaps film or books? Imagine

you are making a film of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Which Hollywood actors would you choose for each of the main roles? Why did you choose them?

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