A Midsummer Night's Dream Act II, Scene 1: Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act II, Scene 1: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. How did Puck earn his reputation?

2. Why is Oberon angry with Titania?

3. What is her argument with him?

4. What is it Oberon sends Puck to find?

5. How does Oberon intend to punish his wife?

6. Why does Helena pursue Demetrius?

7. Why does Demetrius want Helena to leave him alone?

8. How is it that Oberon is able to overhear them?

9. What does Oberon decide when Puck returns?

10. How does Oberon instruct Puck to recognize Demetrius?

Answers
1. Puck earned his reputation as a hobgoblin by playing pranks, some mean, on both humans and animals as we can see by the fairy’s declaring, “…you are that shrewd and knavish sprite….” The name Puck, which is not Robin Goodfellow’s actual name, means hobgoblin and often is used interchangeably with the hobgoblin’s actual name.

2. Oberon is angry with Titania because she refuses to give up the changeling she has brought with her from India. While she has had many affairs, it is her insistence on keeping the boy that enrages her husband. Oberon, himself, declares, “I do but beg a little changeling boy…” and, more directly, “Give me that boy….”

3. Titania is angry with her husband because she does not want to give up the changeling and she feels Nature “From our debate, from our dissension…“ is turning itself...

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