Act I Questions and Answers
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?
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...
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Act II Questions and Answers
1. Which two characters express sorrow about the killing of deer in the Forest of Arden?
2. Who is the source of the rumor that Orlando may be in the company of Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone?
3. Why does Adam urge Orlando to avoid his brother's house?
4. Why does Orlando initially refuse to leave?
5. Which three items of property does Rosalind agree to purchase from Corin's employer?
6. What reason does Jaques give for avoiding Duke Senior?
7. Why does Orlando leave Adam in the forest?
8. Which character from the court does Jaques tell Duke Senior he met in the forest?
9. What reasons does Orlando give for confronting Duke Senior and his courtiers with his sword drawn?
10. How does Duke Senior know that Orlando is the son of his former friend and ally, the late Sir Rowland de Boys?
1. Duke Senior remarks that "it irks me that the poor dappled fools... Should in their own confines... have their round haunches gored." We also learn that "the melancholy Jaques grieves at that."
2. Hisperia, Celia's waiting gentlewoman, reported that, she believed Orlando had accompanied Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone when they left the court.
3. Adam urges Orlando to leave Oliver's house because Oliver plans to burn Orlando's lodgings while he is asleep. He also tells Orlando that if this plan fails, Oliver will resort to other treacherous means to kill his brother.
4. Orlando initially refuses to leave because he believes he will be reduced to begging, or that he will be forced to become a thief.
5. Rosalind agrees to purchase a cottage, a flock of sheep, and the pasture land where the sheep graze.
6. Jaques tells Amiens that he is avoiding Duke Senior because "He is too disreputable for my company" 52 As You Like It
7. Orlando leaves Adam in the forest because he is too weak with hunger to accompany Orlando while he searches for food.
8. Jaques tells Duke Senior that he met Touchstone in the forest.
9. Orlando remarks that he is famished, and he tells Duke Senior, "I thought that all things had been savage here,/ And therefore put I on the countenance/ Of stern commandment."
10. Duke Senior knows that Orlando is the son of the late Sir Rowland de Boys because Orlando has "whispered faithfully" that he was. Duke Senior has also noticed that Orlando's face bears a strong resemblance to his father's.
Act III Questions and Answers
1. What penalty will Oliver face if he fails to find Orlando within a year?
2. What does Orlando do with the love poems he has written to Rosalind?
3. Where does Celia tell Rosalind she saw Orlando?
4. Where does Orlando tell Jaques he can find a fool?
5. What names do Jaques and Orlando call each other when they part?
6. What excuse does Rosalind make when Orlando comments that her accent seems "something finer" than one might expect of a native of the forest?
7. Why does Touchstone prefer to be married by Sir Oliver Martext rather than "a good priest?"
8. What did Ganymede tell Duke Senior when the Duke asked about her parentage?
9. How do we know that Phebe has fallen in love with Rosalind in her Ganymede disguise?
10. What message does Phebe plan to deliver to Ganymede and who will deliver it?
1. Duke Frederick tells Oliver that if he fails to find Orlando within a year, he will forfeit his lands and goods.
2. Orlando hangs the love poems he has written to Rosalind on trees in the Forest of Arden.
3. Celia tells Rosalind that she saw Orlando "under a tree, like a dropped acorn."
4. Orlando tells Jaques to look in the brook if he is seeking a fool, for there he will see his own reflection.
5. Jaques calls Orlando "Signior Love." Orlando calls Jaques "Monsieur Melancholy."
6. Rosalind tells Orlando that "an old religious uncle" of hers, in his youth a city man, had taught her how to speak.
7. Touchstone prefers to be married by Sir Oliver Martext because he believes that the marriage might not be legal, thus leaving him free to eventually abandon his wife.
8. When Duke Senior, not recognizing his daughter in her disguise, inquired of Rosalind's parentage, she told him her parentage was "as good as he."
9. We know that Phebe has fallen in love with Ganymede when she comments after Rosalind's exit, "Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?"
10. Phebe plans to write a "taunting letter" to Ganymede for scorning her. She asks Silvius to deliver the letter, and he agrees.
Act IV Questions and Answers
1. What is Rosalind's response when Orlando fears "her frown might kill" him?
2. Who performs the mock wedding ceremony between Rosalind and Orlando?
3. How long does Orlando say he will be gone before he returns to Rosalind?
4. What excuse does Orlando give for leaving?
5. What question does Jaques ask the Lords he meets in the forest?
6. What did Orlando ask Oliver to bring to Ganymede?
7. Which two animals threatened Oliver while he slept beneath a tree?
8. What wound did Orlando receive while defending his brother?
9. What is Rosalind's response when she hears that Orlando has been injured?
10. Where does Rosalind say she would like to be after she recovers?
1. Rosalind, as Ganymede, tells Orlando that his Rosalind "would not kill a fly."
2. Celia performs the mock wedding ceremony.
3. Orlando says he will be gone for two hours.
4. Orlando tells Rosalind he must leave to "attend the Duke at dinner."
5. Jaques asks the Lords which of them has killed the deer they are bearing to the Duke.
6. Orlando asked Oliver to bring Ganymede a handkerchief soaked with his blood.
7. Oliver was threatened by a "green and gilded snake" and a lioness.
8. Orlando had flesh torn away on his arm while battling the lioness.
9. When Rosalind learns that Orlando has been injured, she faints.
10. When she regains consciousness, Rosalind comments, "I would I were at home."
Act V Questions and Answers
1. How old is William?
2. What does Touchstone threaten to do if William does not relinquish his claim to Audrey?
3. Who does Oliver fall in love with?
4. When does Oliver plan to be married?
5. When does Touchstone tell Audrey they will be married?
6. Who delivers the news of Duke Frederick's conversion?
7. Who was responsible for Duke Frederick's sudden change of heart?
8. Who does Duke Senior name as heir to his newly restored dukedom?
9. What reason does Jaques give for departing the wedding festivities?
10. Who speaks the epilogue of the play?
1. William tells Touchstone he is twenty-five.
2. Touchstone claims he will kill William "a hundred and fifty ways."
3. Oliver falls in love with Celia in her Aliena disguise.
4. Orlando tells Oliver that the wedding will take place the next day.
5. Touchstone tells Audrey that they, too, will be married the next day.
6. Jaques de Boys, the second son of the late Sir Rowland, delivers the news of Duke Frederick's miraculous conversion.
7. Duke Frederick abandoned his plan to capture and kill his brother after meeting "an old religious man" on the outskirts of the forest.
8. Duke Senior names Orlando as his heir.
9. Jaques tells Duke Senior, "I am for other than for dancing measures."
10. Rosalind speaks the epilogue.