Much Ado About Nothing Act II, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act II, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. To what dances does Beatrice compare wooing, wedding and repenting?

2. Whom does Ursula dance with and how does she recognize him?

3. What statement of Benedick preceded Beatrice's put-down of him during the dance?

4. Whom does Don John purposefully mistake for Benedick?

5. Which characters have soliloquies in this act?

6. Would Benedick marry Beatrice if she were "endowed with all that Adam had left him before he transgressed"?

7. Was Don Pedro able to win Hero for Claudio?

8. When will Claudio and Hero's wedding take place?

9. Whom does Don Pedro think would be an excellent wife for Benedick?

10. Leonato predicts that Benedick and Beatrice, after one week of marriage, will be in what condition?

Answers
1. Beatrice compares wooing to a Scotch jig, wedding to a measure, and repenting to a cinquepace.

2. Ursula is dancing with Antonio, Leonato's brother. She recognizes him by the waggling of his head and the dryness of his hand.

3. Benedick told Beatrice that someone had told him that she

was disdainful and had her wit out of the Hundred Merry Tales.

4. Don John purposefully mistakes Claudio for Benedick.

5. Claudio and Benedick have soliloquies in this act.

6. No, Benedick would not marry Beatrice, even if she were endowed with all that Adam had left him before he transgressed.

7. Yes, Don Pedro was able to win Hero for Claudio.

8. Claudio and Hero will marry seven days later, on a Monday.

9. Don Pedro thinks that Beatrice would be an excellent wife for Benedick.

10. Leonato predicts that Benedick and Beatrice would, if married but one week, talk themselves mad.