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Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

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Act V, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

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Study Questions
1. What kind of philosopher does Leonato say never existed?

2. Which characters challenge Claudio?

3. What is Benedick's reply when asked by Claudio if he will use his wit?

4. What does Benedick tell Claudio and Don Pedro about Don John?

5. What does Borachio tell Don Pedro about the watch?

6. Does Leonato accept Borachio's claim to be solely responsible for Hero's death?

7. Does Borachio name Margaret as a co-conspirator in the slander of Hero?

8. What penance does Leonato give to Claudio and Don Pedro?

9. What does Dogberry want Leonato to remember when punishing Conrade?

10. Whom will Leonato talk with and why?

Answers
1. Leonato says," [t]here was never yet a philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently."

2. Claudio is challenged by Leonato, by Antonio, and by Benedick.

3. Benedick replies, "It is in my scabbard. Shall I draw it?"

4. Benedick tells Claudio and Don Pedro that Don John has fled Messina.

5. Borachio tells Don Pedro "[w]hat your wisdoms could not discover, these shallow fools have brought to light."

6. No. Leonato tells Borachio that Don Pedro, Claudio, and Don John had a hand in it.

7. No. Borachio declares Margaret innocent of any conspiracy in the slander of Hero.

8. As penance, Leonato assigns them the task of informing Messina of Hero's innocence. Claudio will hang an epitaph upon her tomb, sing it to her bones that evening, and marry his niece, sight unseen, the next morning.

9. Dogberry wants Leonato to remember, when punishing Conrade, that he called him an ass.

10. Leonato will talk with Margaret to find out how her acquaintance grew with Borachio.

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