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The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

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Act I, Scene 2 Questions and Answers

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Study Questions
1. Why has Petruchio come to Padua?

2. Why does Petruchio box Grumio’s ears?

3. Whose house does Petruchio enter?

4. What does Hortensio suggest to Petruchio?

5. With whom does Gremio conspire to achieve Bianca?

6. What is Gremio’s attitude toward Petruchio’s attempt to marry Kate?

7. What does Grumio mean when he says that Petruchio will disfigure Kate so that she will not be able to see?

8. Why does Tranio appear at Hortensio’s home?

9. What is Lucentio doing in the meantime?

10. Why does Tranio go along with the men’s scheme?

1. Petruchio arrives in Padua partly to visit friends but mainly to find a wealthy wife.

2. Grumio incurs Petruchio’s wrath when he does not knock on the door for him as a servant should for his master.

3. Petruchio enters Hortensio’s home.

4. Hortensio mentions the wealthy dowry of Katharina, and suggests that Petruchio try to marry her.

5. Gremio arranges for Lucentio, now disguised as a school¬master, to woo Bianca for him while reading selected works of love poetry to her.

6. Gremio does not believe anyone can find a fit mate in Katharina, but he will be pleased if Petruchio marries her.

7. Grumio seems to have picked up Petruchio’s knack for figurative language here. He means that Kate will be so blinded by Petruchio’s rhetoric that she will readily give her hand in marriage and submit to his every whim.

8. Tranio comes dressed as Lucentio to ask directions to Baptista’s home.

9. Lucentio, who has just agreed to woo Bianca on Gremio’s behalf, keeps out of the way and listens to the conversation.

10. Tranio has nothing at stake here. He must simply help his master to marry Bianca, and Tranio realizes that Katharina must be wedded first.

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