Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will look at the idea of a play within a play, and introduce the play's collective of ridiculous characters: the mechanicals. We will look at how Shakespeare interrupts the serious, romantic plot with comic relief.


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5 Questions

Which feature of a Shakespearean Comedy do 'The Mechanicals' represent?
Correct answer: A group of ridiculous characters
A happy ending- often a marriage
A romantic plot
Confusion over who is who
Which of the following is NOT one of 'The Mechanicals?
Correct answer: Piano
Which statement is TRUE about Pyramus and Thisbe?
'Pyramus and Thisbe' was originally written by a Greek poet called Ovid.
Pyramus and Thisbe come from the same family.
Pyramus and Thisbe lived happily ever after.
Correct answer: Pyramus and Thisbe was originally written by a Roman poet called Ovid.
What is the most accurate definition for irony?
Correct answer: Irony is the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really think especially in order to be funny.
Irony is when something is funny.
Irony is when something makes no sense causing the audience to feel frustrated.
Irony is when the meaning is clear and obvious.
Which of the following is NOT true about Bottom?
Correct answer: Bottom is really shy and worried about playing a lead role in 'Pyramus and Thisbe'.
Bottom thinks he is a great actor.
Bottom tries to dominate the scene.
Bottom wants to play all of the roles.

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UnitEnglish / A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare (Act 2)