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Non-Traditional Snow Day 5

Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 
 
While on holiday in the country, two friends plan to encourage romance between a man named Benedick and a woman named Beatrice.
    
 Beatrice  
    
 Hero:  
 Good Margaret, run thee to the parlor,  
 There shalt thou find my cousin Beatrice   
 Proposing with the Prince and Claudio.  
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Whisper her ear, and tell her I and Ursula  
 Walk in the orchard, and our whole discourse  
 Is all of her. Say that thou overheardst us, 
 And bid her steal into the pleached bower,1  
 Where honeysuckles, ripened by the sun,  
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Forbid the sun to enter, like favorites  
 Made proud by princes, that advance their pride 
 Against that power that bred it. There will she hide her,
 To listen our propose. This is thy office;   
 Bear thee well in it, and leave us alone.  
    
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Margaret:  
 I’ll make her come, I warrant2 you, presently. 
    
 [Exit.]  
    
 Hero:  
 Now, Ursula, when Beatrice doth come,  
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As we do trace this alley up and down,  
 Our talk must only be of Benedick.   
 When I do name him, let it be thy part   
 To praise him more than ever man did merit.  
 My talk to thee must be how Benedick  
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Is sick in love with Beatrice. Of this matter  
 Is little Cupid’s crafty arrow made,   
 That only wounds by hearsay.  
    
 [Enter Beatrice, behind.]  
    
 Now begin,  
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For look where Beatrice like a lapwing3 runs  
 Close by the ground, to hear our conference. 
    
 Ursula:  
 The pleasant’st angling is to see the fish  
 Cut with her golden oars the silver stream,  
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And greedily devour the treacherous bait; 
 So angle we for Beatrice, who even now   
 Is couched in the woodbine coverture.4  
 Fear you not my part of the dialogue.  
    
 Hero:  
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Then go we near her, that her ear lose nothing  
 Of the false sweet bait that we lay for it.  
    
 [They advance to the bower.]  
    
 No, truly, Ursula, she is too disdainful,   
 I know her spirits are as coy and wild  
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As haggards5 of the rock.  
    
 Ursula:  
 But are you sure   
 That Benedick loves Beatrice so entirely?  
    
 Hero:  
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So says the Prince and my new-trothed6 lord.  
    
 Ursula:  
 And did they bid you tell her of it, madam? 
    
 Hero:  
 They did entreat me to acquaint her of it,  
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But I persuaded them, if they lov’d Benedick, 
 To wish him wrestle with affection,   
 And never to let Beatrice know of it.  
    
 Ursula:  
 Why did you so? Doth not the gentleman   
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Deserve as full as fortunate a bed  
 As ever Beatrice shall couch upon?  
    
 Hero:  
 O god of love! I know he doth deserve  
 As much as may be yielded to a man;   
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But nature never framed a woman’s heart 
 Of prouder stuff than that of Beatrice.   
 Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes,  
 Misprising7 what they look on, and her wit  
 Values itself so highly that to her  
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All matter else seems weak. She cannot love,  
 Nor take no shape nor project of affection,  
 She is so self-endeared.  
    
 Ursula:  
 Sure, I think so,   
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And therefore certainly it were not good  
 She knew his love, lest she’ll make sport at it. 
    
 1plants that have been trained by having their shoots bent or interlaced 
 2guarantee  
 3a type of bird   
 4vine-covered enclosure  
 5wild female hawks   
 6recently engaged to be married   
 7mistaking the value of  
    
 Adapted from William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing.
 

 1. 

The lines:

"Where honeysuckles, ripened by the sun,
Forbid the sun to enter, like favorites
Made proud by princes"

contain what literary device?
a.
Allusion
c.
Onomatopoeia
b.
Irony
d.
Simile
 

 2. 

Which sentence best expresses the meaning of lines 19-31?
a.
Gossiping about two people could make them fall in love with each other.
c.
lt is important to think carefully before falling in love.
b.
There is nothing more hurtful than spreading rumors about others.
d.
Listening is essential to every romantic relationship.
 

 3. 

Which best describes the dramatic irony in the passage?
a.
Ursula is jealous of Hero but pretends to be her closest friend.
c.
The audience knows about Hero and Ursula’s plan, but Beatrice does not.
b.
Hero is secretly in love with Benedick but helps Beatrice to Win his love.
d.
Neither the audience nor Beatrice knows about Hero and Ursula’s plan.
 

 4. 

What does Hero imply about Beatrice in lines 63-72?
a.
She loves Benedick but refuses to admit it.
c.
She cannot love Benedick because she does not understand him.
b.
She loves herself too much to truly love another person.
d.
She does not understand love because no one has ever loved her.
 

 5. 

What is the most likely reason why Hero and Ursula speak badly of Beatrice once they know she is listening?
a.
They dislike Beatrice and vvish to hurt her.
c.
They wish to provoke Beatrice into acting differently, so she may gain Benedick’s love.
b.
They distrust Benedick and wish to turn Beatrice against him.
d.
They wish to trick Beatrice into leaving Benedick, so Ursula may pursue him.
 
 
 This passage is adapted from Peter Chrisp,  Globe.
 Eyewitness Shakespeare. ©2004 by  The wooden joints of the Theatre were
 Dorling Kindersley Ltd.
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attached with pegs, which meant that the
   Burbages and their helpers could knock
   them apart using hammers. The
 The Lord Chamberlain’s Men undamaged timbers were then
   reassembled on the new site to make
 When the London playhouses reopened
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the frame of the Globe.
  in 1594, after their long closure due to   
 the plague, Shakespeare joined a new  Inside the Globe, skilled carpenters used
 company called the Lord Chamberlain’s special tools to carve, drill, and chisel
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Men. He wrote about two plays a year for decorative features. The interior was
 them and also worked as an actor. The colorful, with the stage columns painted
 company performed at the Theatre in
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to look like marble. The Burbages made
 north London, which was owned by James  sure that their new playhouse was an
 Burbage. His son Richard was the improvement on the old one.
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star actor, and Cuthbert, another of his   
 sons, managed the business. Staging a Play
 Shakespeare was one of several  
 “sharers” who invested money in the  Plays at the Globe theater were
 company to pay for costumes, performed in the afternoons, by daylight.
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playbooks, and the wages of actors and
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There was only a limited amount of
 stage hands. In return, they took a share scenery, but there were some wonderful
 of the profits. special effects. Angels and gods were
   lowered from the “heavens,” and devils
 Building the Globe and ghosts came up through a trapdoor
  
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in the stage. At the back of the stage,
 In 1597, the Theatre was forced to close. there was a curtained-off area used for
 It had been built on rented land, and the displaying “discoveries”—picture-like
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Burbages’ agreement with the landowner scenes, such as characters lying dead or
 had come to an end. The landowner  asleep. There was no director in charge
 refused to renew the lease because he
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of a production. The players knew what
 hoped to keep the playhouse for himself  was expected of them, and they worked
 and reuse its valuable oak timbers. out the staging together.
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Desperate to find a home for their  
 players, the brothers came up with a Clothes and Costumes
 plan. During the Christmas holidays of   
 1598, they hired workmen to pull the  Players in Shakespeare’s day always
 Theatre down. They took the oak timbers dressed in clothes of their own time. The
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by boat across the river to Bankside,
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late 1500s was a wonderful time for
 where they used them to build a new  fashion. Noblemen and women paraded
 playhouse. They decided to call it the  around like peacocks in spectacular
    
    
    
 outfits that were padded to create The Audience
 startling shapes and slashed to display  
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extra colors and fabrics. There were Playgoing became the most popular form
 strict laws about clothes, which were of entertainment for Londoners in the
 worn as a sign of rank. Players were the late-16th century. As many as 3,000
 only people who were allowed to break
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people would gather to watch any one
 these laws, by dressing as nobles on performance. Playhouses drew their
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stage. audiences from all walks of life. Farmers,
   seamstresses, soldiers, sailors,
 The Boy Player apprentices, and servants stood side by
  
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side in the crowded yard. Foreign
 Only men could act on the English stage tourists, lawyers, and merchants filled
 in Shakespeare's time, so women’s roles the gallery seats, and wealthy nobles sat
 were performed by boys. Although these in the gentlemen’s rooms next to the
 actors were called boy players, they stage, so that they could show off their
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probably played females until they were
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expensive clothes.
 in their 20s. A boy player needed the  
 help of the company’s tireman1 to get The people who stood in the yard were
 ready for his performance. To play the called “groundlings” by the richer
 part of a noblewoman, he would dress in members of the audience. They were
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clothes that might once have been worn also nicknamed “scarecrows” because of
 by a real noblewoman. Once a boy was
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their shabby appearance, or “stinkards”
 wearing his farthingale2, dress, makeup, because of the way they smelled.
 and wig, the audience found him  
 convincing as a female. English travelers 1 The man in charge of a company’s costumes
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to other European countries were 2 A garment made of a series of hoops made of
 amazed to see real women acting there. whalebone, wood, or wire
 

 6. 

According to the passage, why did commoners not dress in the same fashion as noblemen and noblewomen?
a.
Commoners could not legally dress above their rank.
c.
Commoners could not work in the clothes favored by the nobility.
b.
Commoners could not afford the fabrics Worn by the nobility.
d.
Commoners could not find the time to make fancy clothes.
 

 7. 

According to the passage, which of the following statements about plays staged at the Globe is accurate?
a.
Elaborate scenery was used to create a realistic setting for each play.
c.
Devils and ghosts appeared out of a trapdoor in the stage.
b.
Angels and gods were hidden in a curtained-off area at the back of the stage.
d.
Actors often performed in balconies positioned over the stage.
 

 8. 

According to the passage, which of the following accurately describes the role of a “sharer” in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men?
a.
He owned the theater in which the company performed.
c.
He worked closely with the actors in the company.
b.
He invested in the company in return for a portion of the profits.
d.
He wrote plays for and acted in the company.
 

 9. 

It can reasonably be concluded from the passage that the nicknames given by richer audience members to those people who watched plays from the Globe’s yard were intended to:
a.
insult the people watching from the yard.
c.
confuse the people watching from the yard.
b.
compliment the people watching from the yard.
d.
amuse the people watching from the yard.
 

 10. 

According to the passage, what were English travelers surprised to see when they attended the theater in other countries?
a.
Extravagant scenery
c.
Female actors
b.
Cheap special effects
d.
Actors dressed as noblemen and noblewomen