Act I, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Who was victorious in the battle that preceded the opening of the play?

2. What is the relationship between Don Pedro, Claudio, and Benedick?

3. Why is the speech of Leonato, Don Pedro, and Claudio so rigid? What does their style tell us about their characters?

4. How does Beatrice cover up her concern for Benedick?

5. What simile does Beatrice use to describe Benedick's faith?

6. During their wordspar, what accusations do Benedick and Beatrice hurl on each other?

7. What is the greatest fear of Claudio and Benedick?

8. Have the characters met before?

9. What about Hero is of major concern to Claudio?

10. Which character reveals his misogyny? Is this misogyny real?

1. Prince Don Pedro of Aragon won the battle.

2. Both Claudio and Benedick fought bravely for the prince.

3. The speech of Leonato, Don Pedro, and Claudio shows their adherence to courtly manners and rituals. Their style betrays an addiction to convention.

4. Beatrice covers her concern for Benedick through her witty downgrading of him.

5. Beatrice states that Benedick wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat.

6. Benedict accuses Beatrice of being disdainful and Beatrice accuses Benedict of being a pernicious lover.

7. Both Claudio and Benedick fear becoming cuckolds.

8. Yes, they have met before.

9. Claudio is concerned about Hero's chastity.

10. Benedick reveals his misogyny. The misogyny is merely a whetstone for his wit.

Act I, Scene 2 Questions and Answers

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1. Who overheard the conversation between Claudio and Don Pedro, and where did he hear it?

2. Why does Antonio tell his brother about this conversation?

3. What is the misinformation conveyed in this scene?

4. How quickly does news travel in Messina and in what manner?

5. How did this misinformation probably come about?

6. How is "nothing" used as a pun in the title of this play?

7. Is there any other word used in the title of the play which might also be a pun?

8. What does the action of the scene tell us about hearsay?

9. Leonato prefers to treat the information he received in this scene as a dream. Why?

10. Who will tell Hero the news?

1. Antonio's servant overheard the information in the orchard.

2. Antonio tells Leonato about this conversation in order to prepare him for the situation and give him some time to prepare his answer.

3. The misinformation conveyed in this scene is that the prince is in love with Hero and will ask her hand in marriage for himself.

4. News travels very quickly in Messina and is spread by word-of-mouth.

5. The misinformation of the servant is most likely due to the fact that he heard only part of Don Pedro's and Claudio's conversation.

6. Nothing was pronounced like noting during Elizabethan times.

7. "Ado" may be a pun for adieu, the French word for farewell, which characterizes the characters' formal breakups as a result of the misinformation generated in the play.

8. The action of this scene tells us that hearsay is oft repeated.

9. Leonato treats the information he learned in this scene as a dream because it is hard for him to readily accept the reality that the prince is in love with and wants to marry his daughter, a commoner.

10. Leonato directed Antonio, her uncle, to tell Hero of the prince's plans.

Act I, Scene 3 Questions and Answers

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1. How is Don John related to Don Pedro?

2. What is Don John's mood in this scene?

3. Under what planet is Conrade born?

4. What kind of advice does Conrade give Don John?

5. How does Don John respond to Conrade's advice?

6. What information does Borachio bring to Don John?

7. What effect does this information have on Don John?

8. Why are Conrade and Borachio willing to assist Don John?

9. Where does Don John go at the end of the scene?

10. How does Shakespeare use repetition and contrast in this scene?

1. Don John is Don Pedro's illegitimate brother.

2. Don John's mood is foul, based on his willfulness and impatience.

3. Conrade is born under the planet Saturn.

4. Conrade, hoping to appeal to Don John's ambitions, advises him to stay within the prince's good graces until he is able to devise a solid plan to undo his brother and his court.

5. Don John tells Conrade he has no intention of following anyone's will, even for the sake of flatters other than his own.

6. Borachio informs Don John that the prince is being entertained at supper at Leonato's, where he will woo Hero for Claudio.

7. Don John, envious of Claudio because he bested him in battle, decides to cross him.

8. Conrade and Borachio agree to help Don John in his deception in order to satisfy their own ambitions, should Don John one day become prince.

9. Don John goes to Leonato's house to join the party given for his brother Don Pedro, and to seek a means of crossing Claudio.

10. In this scene, Shakespeare repeats the motif of noting, or eavesdropping, with Borachio, and contrasts Don John's resentment with Don Pedro's forgiveness. Stylistically, Don John's clipped, obsessive speech is void of any geniality.

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?

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.

Act II, Scene 2 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is the first thing that Borachio tells Don John?

2. Who is the architect of the plan to slander Hero?

3. What does Don John state would be medicinable to him?

4. What did Borachio tell Don John a year ago?

5. What role has been assigned to Don John in this plan?

6. Who will be mistaken for Hero?

7. What role will Borachio play?

8. What effect do the plotters expect to have on the prince, Claudio, Hero, and Leonato?

9. How is the only way the plan will succeed?

10. How much will Don John pay Borachio for his deceit?

1. The first thing Borachio tells Don John is that he can cross the marriage between Claudio and Hero.

2. Borachio is the architect of the plan to slander Hero.

3. Don John states that any cross, any impediment to the marriage of Claudio would be medicinable to him.

4. Borachio told Don John that he is in the favor of Margaret, Hero's waiting- gentlewoman.

5. Don John's role is to first plant the slander in Don Pedro's mind and then to offer him proof.

6. Margaret will be mistaken for Hero.

7. Borachio will play the role of Hero's lover.

8. The plotters intend to misuse the prince, to vex Claudio, to undo Hero, and to kill Leonato.

9. The plan will only succeed if Don John can first convince Don Pedro that his honor has been sullied by arranging the alliance between Claudio and Hero.

10. Don John will pay Borachio a thousand ducats for his deceit.

Act II, Scene 3 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is orthography? Who has turned orthography?

2. What graces does Benedick seek in a woman?

3. To what does Benedick liken Balthasar's singing?

4. When does Shakespeare reference the title of the play?

5. Why does Benedick dismiss the thought that he is being gulled?

6. From whom do the plotters claim to have received their information?

7. Who fears that Beatrice will die and why?

8. How in love with Beatrice does Benedick declare he will be?

9. Did Beatrice call Benedick into dinner on her own initiative?

10. At the end of the scene, what does Benedick spy in Beatrice?

1. Webster defines orthography as the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage. Claudio has turned orthography.

2. Benedick expects a woman to be rich, wise, virtuous, mild, noble, of good discourse, and an excellent musician.

3. Benedick likens Balthasar's singing to a dog howling.

4. Shakespeare references the title of the play before gulling Benedick.

5. Benedick dismisses the thought that he is being gulled because he does not believe that an elder such as Leonato would be in on such a plot.

6. The plotters claim to have received their information from Hero.

7. Hero fears that Beatrice will die because of her unrequited love for Benedick.

8. Benedick declares that he will be horribly in love with Beatrice.

9. No, she did not. Against her will, Beatrice was sent to call Benedick into dinner.

10. Benedick spies some marks of love in Beatrice at the end of this scene.

Act III, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. On whom do Hero and Ursula play the gull?

2. Where is Beatrice during this scene?

3. Who told Hero that Benedick was in love with Beatrice?

4. What character defects does Hero ascribe to Beatrice?

5. How would Beatrice treat a fair-faced man?

6. Why does Hero say it is useless to mention these defects of character to Beatrice?

7. What counsel does Hero intend to give to Benedick?

8. Which scene in the play does this one parallel?

9. How does Cupid kill?

10. Which faults does Beatrice willingly give up in her soliloquy?

1. Hero and Ursula play...

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Act III, Scene 2 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. When does this scene take place?

2. What is Benedick's observation about grief?

3. Has anyone seen Benedick at the barber's?

4. What does Claudio say about Benedick's jesting spirit?

5. What malady does Benedick claim to have?

6. Who shall be buried with her face upwards?

7. Who invites Leonato to walk aside with him?

8. Why does Don John include Claudio in his conversation?

9. What does Don John tell Don Pedro and Claudio?

10. What invitation does Don John extend to Don Pedro and Claudio?

1. This scene takes place the night before the...

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Act III, Scene 3 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Who gives the charge to the watch?

2. How does Dogberry instruct: the watch to handle a thief?

3. What is the meaning of the phrase, "my elbow itched"?

4. In what manner does Borachio utter all to Conrade?

5. What does Borachio call a thief?

6. From where did Don John, Don Pedro, and Claudio witness Borachio wooing Margaret in Hero's name?

7. Who believed the staged deceit?

8. What did Claudio swear to do and why?

9. Who charges Borachio and Conrade?

10. How does the watch describe Borachio and Conrade?

1. Dogberry gives the charge to the...

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Act III, Scene 4 Questions and Answers

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1. Who does Hero send to wake up Beatrice?

2. What piece of clothing does Margaret try to talk Hero out of wearing?

3. Who does Hero call a fool?

4. Who is not feeling well?

5. Approximately what time is it?

6. What are Beatrice's symptoms?

7. Who attempts to wordspar with Beatrice in this scene?

8. What remedy does Margaret suggest for Beatrice's malady?

9. What is another name for benedictus?

10. What announcement does Ursula bring at the end of the scene?

1. Hero sends Ursula to wake up Beatrice.

2. Margaret tries to talk Hero out...

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Act III, Scene 5 Questions and Answers

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1. Where does this scene take place?

2. Who visits Leonato in this scene?

3. Why doesn't Leonato listen to them carefully? 4.When Dogberry describes Verges' wits as not so blunt, what did he really mean?

5.What is Dogberry's response when Leonato tells him he is tedious?

6. What is Leonato's response when he finally understands that they have apprehended two people?

7. What hospitality does Leonato offer Dogberry and Verges before he leaves?

8. What message is brought to Leonato?

9. What direction does Dogberry give to Verges?

10. Why does Dogberry want a learned writer?


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Act IV Scene 1 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. How does Claudio reject Hero?

2. What does Don Pedro call Hero?

3. What fate does Leonato wish upon his daughter, Hero, after she swoons away? And what extreme measure is he willing to take to bring it about?

4. Did Beatrice sleep with Hero the night before?

5. Who declares his belief that Hero is innocent?

6. Whom does Benedick intuit as the author of the slander?

7. What does Friar Francis direct Leonato to do?

8. For whom does Beatrice weep?

9. Who confess their love for each other?

10. Who will Benedick challenge?

1. Claudio rejects Hero...

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Act IV, Scene 2 Questions and Answers

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

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...

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Act V, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

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...

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Act V, Scene 2 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Who does Benedick meet at the opening of the scene?

2. Was Benedict born under a rhyming planet?

3. Does Beatrice come when she is called by Benedick?

4. What news did Beatrice want to find out?

5. What does Benedick tell Beatrice about Claudio?

6. For which of Benedick's bad parts did Beatrice first fall in love with him?

7. Why does Benedick suffer love for Beatrice?

8. Why can't Benedick and Beatrice woo peaceably?

9. Who is Don Worm?

10. What news does Ursula bring?

1. Benedick meets Margaret at the opening of the scene.


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Act V, Scene 3 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Where does the action take place?

2. What is the action?

3. Who reads the epitaph to Hero?

4. After reading the epitaph, what does Claudio do with the scroll?

5. Who sings the hymn to Hero?

6. Who is the goddess of the night?

7. How often does Claudio vow to perform this rite?

8. At what time of day do they end their rite?

9. Who dismisses the mourning company?

10. What will Claudio and Don Pedro do next?

1. The action takes place at the tomb of Hero, in the monument of Leonato.

2. The action is a public rite of mourning.


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Act V, Scene 4 Questions and Answers

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1. Who is declared innocent?

2. When Benedick asks Leonato for Beatrice's hand and Leonato reveals the double gull, what is Benedick's response?

3. Who is the masked lady that Claudio swore to marry and how does he respond when she unveils herself?

4. What paper does Claudio produce?

5. How does Benedick stop Beatrice's mouth?

6. What is Benedick's conclusion?

7. Who wants to dance and why?

8. What advice does Benedick give Don Pedro?

9. What news does the messenger bring?

10. Which plays of Shakespeare end with a dance?

1. Hero, the prince, and...

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