Twelfth Night Act I, Scene 5 Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act I, Scene 5 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What does Maria threaten the Clown with?

2. What kind of attitude does the Clown evidence toward Olivia?

3. What does the Clown try to prove about Olivia?

4. What is the name of Olivia’s steward?

5. What does Olivia put on before speaking with Cesario?

6. Who falls in love with whom in this scene?

7. What do the two love twists we’ve witnessed suggest?

8. Which character serves to emphasize the subjective nature of “love” ?

9. In what manner are the Clown’s insults couched?

10. That type of metaphor does Cesario use to lend emphasis to the great love the Duke holds for Olivia?

Answers
1. Maria threatens the Clown with punishment for his absence.

2. The Clown evidences an offhand attitude toward Olivia.

3. The Clown tries to prove that Olivia is a fool.

4. Malvolio is Olivia’s steward.

5. Olivia puts on a veil before speaking with Cesario.

6. Olivia falls in love with Cesario.

7. The love twists suggest just how subjective is the experience of love.

8. The Clown’s speech emphasizes the subjective nature of “love.”

9. The Clown’s insults are couched in a jarringly logical manner.

10. Cesario uses an extended theological metaphor to reflect the Duke’s great love.