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As You Like It Teaching Unit
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- Compare and contrast life in the court with life in the country in As You Like It. What are one’s “enemies” in each locale? What can be accomplished in one setting that cannot in the other?
- Which stereotypes about love and lovers does Rosalind challenge? Which, if any, does she uphold?
- Discuss the extent to which As You Like It addresses the familiar idea that “the clothes make the man.” Does the play seem to agree or disagree with that notion? Back up your answer with specific details from the text.
- Discuss the different forms romantic love takes in As You Like It, as exemplified by Rosalind and Orlando, Phebe and Silvius, Celia and Oliver, and Audrey and Touchstone. Does Shakespeare seem to favor any one form?
- As Ganymede, Rosalind has the opportunity to “train” her future lover. What do you think she is trying to teach Orlando? How will her lessons prepare him for married life?
- Discuss the significance of fatherhood in As You Like It. Why do Rosalind and Duke Senior feel predisposed to like Orlando?
- “All the world’s a stage,” says Jaques famously. What other characters refer to the concept of living life as “acting in a play”? Using specific examples from the text, discuss the extent to which “acting” helps to bring about the conclusion of As You Like It.
- When held against another object, a “touchstone” can determine whether or not the object is genuine. How does Touchstone the fool live up to his name?
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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 Muliple-choice and essay test with answer key Introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.