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The Taming of the Shrew Teaching Unit
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- Many critics thinks this play is missing the last act. They believe that in the original play Sly awakens outside the tavern, and everything that happened in the play was just a dream. Assuming this is true, what do you think Sly the tinker might have learned from his dream?
- Read aloud the last long speech of Katharina, in which she lectures her sister and the widow on the proper behavior for a wife. How can the way you read the speech change its meaning? Is she being sarcastic?
- One of the motifs in this play is the use of animal imagery by the male characters when describing women. Why do you think Shakespeare chooses to compare women to animals?
- Given the fact that Tranio is different from the other servants, what do you think Shakespeare is saying about the qualities that separate the classes?
- Discuss Petruchio’s plan to tame Katharina. Do you think he really cares for her?
- Compare Katharina and Bianca at the beginning of the play and again at the end. Who is the shrew and who is the model of the perfect woman? How is this change an example of irony?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.