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Introducing Mr Shakespeare! 3

In this series of worksheets, students are introduced to the language and plays of Shakespeare.

'Introducing Mr Shakespeare! 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Set, Plot and Character Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet is designed to introduce you to the language and plays of William Shakespeare.

 

Shakespeare's plays contain a lot of dialogue. What do you think dialogue is?

description

speech between two people

poetry

Read this example of dialogue between two characters from Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew.

In this extract hear the dialogue between the two main characters Petruchio and Katherina. They are on a journey and Petruchio is trying to change Kate into an obedient wife...

 

 

KATHARINA

I know it is the sun that shines so bright.

 

PETRUCHIO

 

 

 

 

​ 

Now, by my mother's son, and that's myself,

It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,

Or ere I journey to your father's house.

Go on, and fetch our horses back again.

Evermore cross'd and cross'd; nothing but cross'd! 

 

HORTENSIO 

Say as he says, or we shall never go.

 

KATHARINA

 

 

Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,

And be it moon, or sun, or what you please:

An if you please to call it a rush-candle,

Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me. 

 

PETRUCHIO 

I say it is the moon.  

 

KATHARINA 

I know it is the moon.  

 

PETRUCHIO 

Nay, then you lie: it is the blessed sun.  

 

KATHARINA

 

​ 

 

Then, God be bless'd, it is the blessed sun:

But sun it is not, when you say it is not;

And the moon changes even as your mind.

What you will have it named, even that it is;

And so it shall be so for Katharina.

 

HORTENSIO

Petruchio, go thy ways; the field is won.  

 

PETRUCHIO

Well, forward, forward! thus the bowl should run,

And not unluckily against the bias.

But, soft! company is coming here. 

 

What are they doing in this piece of dialogue?

joking

arguing

being loving

What are they arguing about?

whether it is day or night

what time to leave Kate's father's

how hot it is

Petruchio is trying to make Kate say that the sun is the moon. He is doing this to make her obey him. Imagine you had to write some notes for the actor playing the character of Petruchio explaining how you would want them to act in this scene. Think about how you would want them to say the lines and what actions they might do.

Which four words from the list below would you include in your notes to describe Petruchio's behaviour?

 

 

intimidating

friendly

power

controlling

weak

angry

Reread the dialogue. Where are Katherine and Petruchio travelling to?

Katherine's mother's house

their house

Katherine's father's house

What does Hortensio warn will happen if Katherine won't say the sun is the moon?

They will not go to her father's house.

Petruchio will get angry.

nothing

By the end of the dialogue, Katherine accepts that the sun is the moon. Select the correct word below that describes her character at this point.

You may need to use a dictionary to help.

aggressive

submissive

excited

Shakespeare's plays are very influential even today. A musical has been based on The Taming of the Shrew. Can you find out which one?

Les Miserables

Cats

Kiss Me Kate

  • Question 1

Shakespeare's plays contain a lot of dialogue. What do you think dialogue is?

CORRECT ANSWER
speech between two people
EDDIE SAYS
Dialogue is speech between two people.
  • Question 2

Read this example of dialogue between two characters from Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew.

In this extract hear the dialogue between the two main characters Petruchio and Katherina. They are on a journey and Petruchio is trying to change Kate into an obedient wife...

 

 

KATHARINA

I know it is the sun that shines so bright.

 

PETRUCHIO

 

 

 

 

​ 

Now, by my mother's son, and that's myself,

It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,

Or ere I journey to your father's house.

Go on, and fetch our horses back again.

Evermore cross'd and cross'd; nothing but cross'd! 

 

HORTENSIO 

Say as he says, or we shall never go.

 

KATHARINA

 

 

Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,

And be it moon, or sun, or what you please:

An if you please to call it a rush-candle,

Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me. 

 

PETRUCHIO 

I say it is the moon.  

 

KATHARINA 

I know it is the moon.  

 

PETRUCHIO 

Nay, then you lie: it is the blessed sun.  

 

KATHARINA

 

​ 

 

Then, God be bless'd, it is the blessed sun:

But sun it is not, when you say it is not;

And the moon changes even as your mind.

What you will have it named, even that it is;

And so it shall be so for Katharina.

 

HORTENSIO

Petruchio, go thy ways; the field is won.  

 

PETRUCHIO

Well, forward, forward! thus the bowl should run,

And not unluckily against the bias.

But, soft! company is coming here. 

 

What are they doing in this piece of dialogue?

CORRECT ANSWER
arguing
EDDIE SAYS
Kate and Petruchio are arguing in this extract.
  • Question 3

What are they arguing about?

CORRECT ANSWER
whether it is day or night
EDDIE SAYS
They are arguing about whether it is day or night.
  • Question 4

Petruchio is trying to make Kate say that the sun is the moon. He is doing this to make her obey him. Imagine you had to write some notes for the actor playing the character of Petruchio explaining how you would want them to act in this scene. Think about how you would want them to say the lines and what actions they might do.

Which four words from the list below would you include in your notes to describe Petruchio's behaviour?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
intimidating
power
controlling
angry
EDDIE SAYS
The notes may include the ideas that Petruchio is trying to intimidate Kate. He may use an angry tone and uses controlling actions to show his power over her.
  • Question 5

Reread the dialogue. Where are Katherine and Petruchio travelling to?

CORRECT ANSWER
Katherine's father's house
EDDIE SAYS
Katherine and Petruchio are travelling to her father's house.
  • Question 6

What does Hortensio warn will happen if Katherine won't say the sun is the moon?

CORRECT ANSWER
They will not go to her father's house.
EDDIE SAYS
Hortensio warns Katherine that if she doesn't say the sun is the moon they will not go to her father's house.
  • Question 7

By the end of the dialogue, Katherine accepts that the sun is the moon. Select the correct word below that describes her character at this point.

You may need to use a dictionary to help.

CORRECT ANSWER
submissive
EDDIE SAYS
Katherine would be described as submissive.
  • Question 8

Shakespeare's plays are very influential even today. A musical has been based on The Taming of the Shrew. Can you find out which one?

CORRECT ANSWER
Kiss Me Kate
EDDIE SAYS
Kiss Me Kate is a musical based on Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew'.
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