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Act I Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why does Orlando resent the way he has been treated by his brother Oliver?

2. How does Charles describe the exiled Duke Senior and his court?

3. Why does Duke Frederick allow the daughter of his banished brother to remain at court?

4. What plot does Oliver hatch against Orlando?

5. Why is Orlando warned not to wrestle with Charles?

6. What gift does Rosalind give to Orlando after he wins his wrestling match?

7. How do we know that Rosalind and Orlando have fallen in love at first sight?

8. What warning does Le Beau bring to Orlando after the match?

9. What are the reasons Duke Frederick gives for banishing Rosalind?

10. Why do Rosalind and Celia disguise themselves when they leave the court?

Answers
1. Orlando resents his treatment at his brother's hands because Oliver has ignored the bequests made by their late father. Sir Rowland de Boys left Orlando a thousand crowns and requested that Oliver provide for his education as a gentleman, but Oliver has kept Orlando "rustically at home" and has treated him no better than one of his horses or oxen.

2. Charles describes the exiled Duke and his court as living like Robin Hood and his Merry Men in the Forest of Arden. There they "fleet the time carelessly as they did in the golden world."

3. Duke Frederick has allowed Rosalind to remain at court because of her friendship with his daughter Celia. Charles tells Oliver that "the Duke's daughter her cousin so loves her, being ever from their cradles bred together, that she would have followed her exile, or have died to stay behind her."

4. Oliver plots to have Charles disable or kill Orlando during the wrestling match scheduled for the next day. He tells Charles "I had as lief thou didst break his neck as his finger" and warns him that Orlando may resort to poison or treachery if Charles does not take care of him...

(The entire section is 470 words.)