By Michael Griffin and Devon Fang




Act IV, Scene 1

44. How has Bottom adjusted to the attention of Titania and her fairies?
He enjoys the attension and stoppped questioning why the fairies and Titania were pampering him.


45. What is Oberon’s reaction to Titania’s infatuation with Bottom?
Oberon laughed and thought that it was very funny that she fell inlove with an ass.


46. What sort of explanation will Oberon make to Titania’s question about what happened to her?
He will not tell her that it was him that made her fall in love with the donkey. He will told her to listen to music and go to sleep.


47. Why are Theseus, Hippolyta, Egeus, and the others out in the woods so early in the morning?
They were hunting in the woods.


48. What is Theseus’s first explanation of why the young people are asleep in the woods?
Theseus thought that they woke up early to observe the rite of may, and hearing their intent, came here to grace the ceremony.


49. What explanation does Demetrius make? Why does he compare his love for Hermia to an illness?
He said that he heard of Hermia and Lysander's plan and followed them into the forest. He compared his love for Hermia to an illness because after the short period of time that he loved her, he grew tired of her and started to loathe her.


50. What is Theseus’s decision concerning the four young people?
Theseus decided to wed all of them on his wedding day so that they would all be happy.


51. Why can’t the young people be sure whether they are awake or dreaming?
Because everything that happened that night to them happened while they were awake, but because of magic, the things that happened in the night seemed to just be dreams. This causes confusion because the things that couldn't possibly have happened did and felt realistic even though they were "sleeping" the whole time. They can't tell if the whole thing was a dream or not.


52. Bottom believes he too has had a dream. How is he going to use that to entertain the Duke?
He is going to get Peter Quince to write a balllad of his dream. Bottom would sing the dream as a song to the duke at the end of the play.

Act IV, Scene 2

53. What opinion do the other artisans now have of Bottom since they think he is lost?
They now think about how important he is and about the good things about him. They also think about how they need him in order to perform the play because he was the best person to play the part.


54. What do they most regret losing by not being able to perform the play?
They most regret not being paid for performing the play.


55. Why must the artisans hurry to the Duke’s palace?
Because the Duke is back with two other couples that are to be wed, and the wedding is about to start.


Extending the thought process.

a) The fourth act opens and ends with Bottom at center stage. What is your opinion of Bottom’s character? How might he be the antithesis, or opposite, of Theseus’s character?


I think he is opposite to Theseus because Bottom is always so giddy and loud. Theseus is more of a controlled calm character and always considers all of his actions. Bottom is also more full of him self and doesn't care to much about what others think of him. Where as Theseus acts considerately, for example: he gave Hermia lee way because Hippolyta was watching him, he decided to let the young characters marry to whom they desire.

b) How do most of the dreamers respond to the dream experience upon waking? Which character is changed permanently by the dream experience? They can't actually tell if it was a dream or not because it was so peculiar. Demetrius changed permanently because after loving Helena once more, he realized that she was the one he loved after all, not the sickness, Hermia.

c) In this act, several characters look back at prior infatuations with disbelief. What do you think Shakespeare is saying about love and infatuation?

Shakespeare is trying to say that love is not logical. There are times where you would find yourself falling for someone with no explanation. Even when you are not under a spell, it has no reason. You can't decide who you love or why you love them because reason is not relevant. Love is a car on a high way with no driver, undirected and unpredictable.

Act 4 Podcast: Bottom decides to commission Peter Quince to write a ballad called “Bottom’s Dream.” On your own or with a partner, imagine that you have been asked to write the lyrics and compose the musical accompaniment. Remember that at the beginning of act 4, Bottom told the fairies that he likes to listen to the “tongs and bones” (act 4, scene 1, line 30). Tongs were pieces of metal struck against each other and bones were actual bones. These instruments were used in comical or in less sophisticated musical performances. Write the poetry for the ballad ( a minimum of 2 stanzas, 4 lines each), then put it to music!