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"The Comedies are full of Impostures. Girls pretending to be boys, masters as servants and servants as masters. Here are 20 questions on some of my favourite scenes."
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In "Twelfth Night" shipwrecked Viola decides to serve Count Orsino, dressed as a young man.
' I'll serve this duke:
Thou shall present me as an eunuch to him:
It may be worth thy pains; for I can sing
And speak to him in many sorts of music
That will allow me very worth his service.'
What is the name that Viola assumes?
In "Twelfth Night", Orsino feels strangely drawn to Viola, in her disguise as a young man. He discusses his love for Olivia with him (her). Viola disputes that woman's love is merely appetite, she knows
'Too well what love women to men may owe:
In faith, they are as true of heart as we.
My father had a daughter loved a man,
As it might be, perhaps, were I a woman,
I should your lordship.'
Orsino asks 'And what's her history?'
What was her history?
All of these
she sat like patience on a monument
she pined in thought
In "Twelfth Night" Viola is unmasked when she and her brother come face to face. Her brother asks
'I never had a brother;
Nor can there be that deity in my nature,
Of here and every where. I had a sister,
Whom the blind waves and surges have devour'd.
Of charity, what kin are you to me?
What countryman? what name? what parentage?'
Viola answers with her country and parentage. Choose her answer.
'Of Ephesus: Aegeon was my father'
'Of Syracuse: Antipholus was my father'
'Of Messaline: Sebastian was my father'
'Of Antioch: Pericles was my father'
In "Twelfth Night" Viola and her twin brother have thought each other dead in the shipwreck. They extend the joyous moment of their reunion by pretending doubt about each others identity.
Fill in the blank:
'VIOLA: My father had a mole upon his brow.'
BROTHER: 'And so had mine.'
'VIOLA: And died that day when Viola from her birth
Had number'd _______ years.'
Unlucky for some?
In "Cymbeline" Imogen poses as a boy to travel crosscountry to her husband at Milford Haven. She meets old 'Morgan' and his 'sons' in her wanderings in Wales.
What is the name she adopts, when questioned by Morgan?
In "Cymbeline" what is the name of Posthumus' servant who aids and abets Imogen in her disguised flight from her father's court?
In "Cymbeline", the denouement almost reaches farcical proportions as the true identity of everyone is successively revealed. Imogen's identity is revealed by her servant, when she (still disguised) is struck to the ground by her husband. Who is her husband?
In "Cymbeline" who do Polydore and Cadwal, old Morgan's supposed sons, turn out to be?
The true kings of Barateria
Cymbeline's stolen children, Guiderius and Arviragus
The true sons of Morgan, though he doesn't know it
The sons of the Roman Emperor Caligula
In "As You Like It" Rosalind flees her usurping uncle's court, disguised as a youth. Her cousin Celia goes with her, using an alias 'that hath a reference to my state'. What are the two aliases?
Hebe & Phoebe
Phoebus & Aliena
Ganymede & Aliena
Ganymede & Hebe
In "As You Like It" Rosalind causes chaos, when, disguised, she coaches Orlando in his courtship of herself. Firstly Orlando gets too involved and seemingly starts to make poetic love the 'boy' in earnest. Then a shepherdess falls in love with the disguised Rosalind as well. What is her name?
How is Rosalind's father named in "As You Like It"? Rosalind meets him in his Arden exile, whilst disguised as a boy. He is Duke ______. Fill in the gap
(One Word (not junior))
In "The Two Gentlemen of Verona", who follows her faithless lover Proteus to Milan, disguised as a page?
In "The Two Gentlemen of Verona", Proteus asks the supposed Sebastian (his old love in male disguise) to deliver a ring to his new love. She soliloquises:
'How many women would do such a message?
Alas, poor Proteus! thou hast entertain'd
A ______ to be the shepherd of thy lambs.
Alas, poor fool! why do I pity him
That with his very heart despiseth me?'
What is the missing word? (More often chasing Chanticleer)
Proteus is reunited with his old love, when she doffs her disguise. She actually has to tell Proteus who she is despite showing him the present he had given her back in Verona. What is this present?
a lock of hair
In "The Merchant Of Venice" Portia and Nerissa disguise themselves as a lawyer Balthasar and his clerk to defend Antonio against Shylock. She says 'Come on, Nerissa; I have work in hand
That you yet know not of: we'll see our husbands
Before they think of us.'
Who are their husbands?
Antonio & Bassanio
Bassanio & Gratiano
Gratiano & Lorenzo
In "The Merchant Of Venice", when Portia as Balthasar is defending Antonio and is seeming to favour Shylock's case, Shylock describes him as a '_______ come to judgement'.
(One Word (biblical grrh!))
In "The Merchant Of Venice", Portia as Balthasar is praised and thanked for defeating Shylock in court, but refuses money, at last asking only for the ring from her husband's hand. He refuses to give it initially but Antonio urges him. Nerissa as the clerk also obtains her own husband's ring.
What does Portia accept from Antonio before she extorts the ring from her husband? Clue: A 'handsome' present
his letter to Bellario
In "The Taming Of The Shrew", the two young suitors for Katharina's sister Bianca, Lucentio and Hortensio, disguise themselves as tutors to get close to their adored. Lucentio poses as the teacher, Cambio. Hortensio poses as the teacher, Litio.
What subjects do they teach Bianca? Lucentio/Cambio's first, Hortensio/Litio's second.
Music & Grammar
Grammar & Music
Latin & Music
Music & Latin
In "The Taming Of The Shrew", apart from Lucentio and Hortensio, there are several other suitors or supposed suitors to Bianca. Who is NOT a suitor?
Tranio as Lucentio
They are all suitors
The Suitors to Bianca are not the only disguised characters in "The Taming Of The Shrew". Tranio gets a itinerant schoolmaster (the pedant) to pretend to be Lucentio's father, to agree a dowry with Baptista Minola, Bianca's father. Who actually is Lucentio's father?
Antonio of Verona
Vincento of Pisa
Biondello of Padua
Grumio of Mantua
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