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Much Ado About Nothing

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Act IV, Scene 2 Questions and Answers

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Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 253

Study Questions
1. Who is provided with a stool and a cushion?

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2. Is Dogberry's examination of the prisoners direct and to the point?

3. Who moves the examination along and keeps it on point?

4. What does Dogberry whisper into Borachio's ear?

5. What is the testimony of the watch?

6. What is Dogberry's response upon hearing the watch testify that Count Claudio intended to accuse and refuse Hero?

7. Who confirms the testimony of the watch?

8. Who leaves to show Leonato the examination?

9. Does the news of Hero's death upon wrongful accusation have any effect on Conrade?

10. What does Dogberry want everyone to remember?

Answers
1. The sexton is provided with a stool and a cushion.

2. No. Dogberry's examination is extremely tangential and practically pointless.

3. The sexton moves the examination along and keeps it on point.

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4. Dogberry whispers into Borachio's ear that "it is thought that you are false knaves."

5. The watch testifies that they heard Borachio call Don John a villain, who paid him a thousand ducats for slandering Hero and state that Count Claudio would disgrace and refuse Hero.

6. Upon hearing of Count Claudio's intention to accuse and refuse Hero, Dogberry tells Borachio that he will "be condemned into everlasting redemption for this."

7. The sexton confirms the testimony of the watch.

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8. The sexton leaves to show Leonato the examination.

9. The news of Hero's death upon wrongful accusation has no effect on Conrade. On the contrary; it sobers him not at all, and he calls Dogberry an ass.

10. Dogberry wants everyone to remember that he is an ass.

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