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Twelfth Night Teaching Unit
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- How does the first practical joke, which is played on Malvolio, help to illustrate the motif that the punishment for people who can not laugh at their own foolishness is embarrassment?
- Which characters comprise the cast of the main romantic plot line? Which characters are part of the comic sub-plot? In what ways does the second practical joke, which is played on Sir Andrew, help Shakespeare to unite the main romantic plot line with the comic sub-plot?
- Why does Sir Toby, who is a noble, speak in prose?
- Write a brief character sketch of Malvolio. Why, in Shakespeare’s time, do you think this play was sometimes referred to as “Malvolio” instead of by its title, Twelfth Night?
- List the five forms of love in this play. Which of these five forms do each of the following characters illustrate? There can be more than one answer for a character: Malvolio, Viola, the Duke, Antonio
- In what ways are Olivia and the Duke similar in nature? What is it ironic about Viola’s love for the Duke?
- In what ways must the audience be willing to suspend its disbelief for the plot of this play to be believable?
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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.