MSND Quiz                                                   

English 305

Dr. Fike


Directions:  Identify the speaker of each quotation.


1.                                 Why art thou here                  

Come from the farthest step of India,

But that, forsooth, the bouncing Amazon,

Your buskined mistress and your warrior love,

To Theseus must be wedded, and you come

To give their bed joy and prosperity.


2.  Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.

And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

Nor hath Love’s mind of any judgment taste;

Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.


3.  Puppet?  Why so?  Ay, that way goes the game. 

How I perceive that she hath made compare

Between our statures; she hath urged her height,

And with her personage, her tall personage,

Her height, forsooth, she hath prevailed with him.


4.  Fetch me that flower; the herb I showed thee once.       

The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid

Will make or man or woman madly dote

Upon the next live creature that it sees.


5.                                 Damnèd spirits all,             

That in crossways and floods have burial,

Already to their wormy beds are gone.

For fear lest day should look their shames upon,

They willfully themselves exile from light

And must for aye consort with black-browed night.


6.  Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that.  And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays—the more the pity that some honest neighbors will not make them friends.  Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.   



7.                                 I  never may believe              

These antique fables nor these fairy toys.

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,

Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend

More than cool reason comprehends.

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet

Are of imagination all compact.


8.  So shall all the couples three                                 

Ever true in loving be;                                                          

And the blots of Nature's hand

Shall not in their issue stand;

Never mole, harelip, nor scar,

Nor mark prodigious, such as are

Despisèd in nativity,

Shall upon their children be.


9.  If we shadows have offended,                              

Think but this, and all is mended,

That you have but slumbered here

While these visions did appear.

And this weak and idle theme,

No more yielding but a dream,

Gentles, do not reprehend.


10.  In a few sentences, respond to one of the following:

A.    Explain what was important about the location of Shakespeare’s theater.

B.    Explain why Oberon and Titania are having a marital spat.


 Factoid:  "In Ovid's Metamorphoses, 'Titania' is one of Diana's names.  The bow is an emblem of the queen of the Amazons" (Jan Kott, The Bottom Translation:  Marlowe and Shakespeare and the Carnival Tradition, trans Daniela Miedzyrzecka and Lillian Vallee [Evanston, IL:  Northwestern UP, 1987], 41).