Twelfth Night Act III, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What instrument is the Clown holding?

2. Where does the Clown say he lives by?

3. Why is the Clown upset with words?

4. Rather than Lady Olivia’s fool, what does Feste claim to be?

5. What does Cesario praise while waiting for Olivia?

6. Who declares love in this scene?

7. What is Olivia’s response to Cesario’s wooing for the Duke?

8. Between what two characters does Shakespeare establish a kinship?

9. What happens when wise men act foolishly?

10. According to Herschel Baker, what do the characters lack?

Answers
1. The Clown is holding a tabor.

2. The Clown says he lives by a church.

3. The Clown is upset with words because they are rascals whose bonds disgraced them.

4. Feste claims to be Olivia’s “corrupter of words.”

5. Cesario praises the Clown’s skill as a fool.

6. Olivia declares her love for Cesario in this scene.

7. Olivia rejects the Duke.

8. Shakespeare establishes a kinship between Cesario and the Clown.

9. They betray their common sense.

10. The characters lack self-knowledge.