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A Midsummer's Night's Dream (1): Understanding the Plot

This worksheet will introduce the pupil to the plot of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Set, Plot and Character Awareness

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QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet will introduce you to the plot of Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. You are going to read the following plot summary and then answer questions to check your understanding.

 

 

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The Plot of A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

 

The play has three storylines of plots that all become tangled up. At the start of the play there is a planned celebration of the wedding of Duke Theseus of Athens and the Amazonian queen Hippolyta.

In the opening scene, a father wants his daughter Hermia to marry his choice of husband, Demetrius. However, she refuses and runs away with the man she loves, Lysander, into the woods. Hermia has told her best friend Helena about her plan. Helena is actually in love with Demetrius but he doesn’t love her. To try and win favour with Demetrius, Helena tells him about Hermia running away with Lysander. Demetrius follows Hermia and Lysander into the woods and Helena follows after.

Meanwhile, Oberon, the king of the fairies, and his queen Titania arrive in the same forest to attend the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Oberon and Titania are arguing because Titania is looking after a little boy that she refuses to give to her husband. Oberon wants to punish Titania so he asks Puck to squeeze a magical juice in her eye so that she will fall in love with the first thing she sees… Puck also squeezes the magical potion in the eyes of Demetrius and Lysander…

Both Demetrius and Lysander fall in love with Helena because of the magical potion and the four characters spend the night running round the wood getting lost. At the same time some villagers are rehearsing a play to be shown at the wedding. Nick Bottom, one of the actors, has his head turned into a donkey’s by Puck. 

Titania, who has fallen asleep, hears Bottom’s singing and is woken up. She sets eyes on him and falls in love with the half man half donkey! She is so happy and in love with Bottom that she gives the little Indian boy to Oberon.

Happy he has got his way, Oberon undoes all Puck’s magic except Demitrius’ so that he remains in love with Helena. Hermia is now able to be with Lysander, and Oberon and Titania are reunited.

The play ends happily with the wedding of Hippolyta and Theseus. 

 

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How many different plots does the play have?

one

three

five

Whose wedding is due to be celebrated at the start of the play?

Hermia and Demetrius

Hippolyta and Theseus

Titania and Oberon

Who does Hermia's father want her to marry?

Demetrius

Lysander

Bottom

To avoid marrying Demetrius, Hermia runs away to the forest. Select the four true statements from the list below.

Hermia runs away with Lysander.

Hermia tells her best friend Helena about her plan to run away.

Helena is secretly in love with Lysander.

Helena is secretly in love with Demetrius so she tells him of the plan hoping he may like her more.

Demetrius stays in Athens.

Demetrius chases after Hermia.

Who is in the forest? Select the correct combination.

Hermia, Helena and Lysander

Hermia, Lysander and Demetrius

Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena

Who are the King and Queen of the fairies?

Theseus and Hippolyta

Puck and Titania

Oberon and Titania

What are Titania and Oberon arguing over?

Titania's Indian boy

Titania's love for Bottom

the trick Puck played on Titania

Oberon instructs Puck to squeeze some drops of magical juice onto the eyes of Titania while she sleeps.

What does this juice do?

makes her fall in love with the first living thing she sees when she wakes up

makes her love Oberon more

makes her obey Oberon

Who else does Puck apply the magic juice to?

Hermia and Lysander

Lysander and Demetrius

Demetrius and Helena

Also in the wood that night are a group of men from Athens including Nick Bottom.

What are they in the woods for?

rehearsing a play to celebrate the wedding of Hippolyta and Theseus

rehearsing a speech for the wedding

planning a surprise party for the wedding

What does Puck give Nick Bottom the head of?

a goat

a bear

a donkey or ass

After Titania wakes up, Puck's magic is responsible for characters being 'in love' with the wrong character.

Match all the characters who are 'in love' with someone:

Column A

Column B

Lysander and Demetrius are in love with
Helena
Helena is in love with
Demetrius
Hermia is in love with
Bottom
Titania is in love with
Lysander

Titania is very happy being in love with Nick Bottom.

As a result what does she give Oberon?

her fairy kingdom

the Indian boy

her servant Peaseblossom

Oberon is happy to have got his own way and so instructs Puck to undo almost all of the magic....

At the end of the play, who is in love with who? Match the couples.

Column A

Column B

Titania
Oberon
Helena
Lysander
Hermia
Demetrius

A Midsummer Night's Dream has a happy ending.

Using all your knowledge of the plot, put the following elements of the plot in the correct order.

Column A

Column B

1
Helena is in love with Demetrius so tells him that...
2
In the woods Oberon and Titania are arguing over a...
3
The play has a happy ending. Titania and Oberon ar...
4
The magic juice makes Demetrius and Lysander love ...
5
Helena and Demetrius follow Hermia and Lysander in...
6
Puck then undoes the magic except for Demetrius.
7
To get revenge, Oberon instructs Puck to squeeze m...
8
Hermia, refusing to marry Demetrius, runs away wit...
  • Question 1

How many different plots does the play have?

CORRECT ANSWER
three
EDDIE SAYS
The play has three plots that become entangled.
  • Question 2

Whose wedding is due to be celebrated at the start of the play?

CORRECT ANSWER
Hippolyta and Theseus
EDDIE SAYS
At the start of the play there is the intended celebration of the wedding of Hippolyta and Theseus.
  • Question 3

Who does Hermia's father want her to marry?

CORRECT ANSWER
Demetrius
EDDIE SAYS
Hermia's father wants her to marry Demetrius.
  • Question 4

To avoid marrying Demetrius, Hermia runs away to the forest. Select the four true statements from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Hermia runs away with Lysander.
Hermia tells her best friend Helena about her plan to run away.
Helena is secretly in love with Demetrius so she tells him of the plan hoping he may like her more.
Demetrius chases after Hermia.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct statements are:
Hermia runs away with Lysander.
Hermia tells her best friend Helena about her plan to run away.
Helena is secretly in love with Demetrius so tells him of the plan hoping he may like her more.
Demetrius chases after Hermia.
  • Question 5

Who is in the forest? Select the correct combination.

CORRECT ANSWER
Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena
EDDIE SAYS
Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena are in the forest.
  • Question 6

Who are the King and Queen of the fairies?

CORRECT ANSWER
Oberon and Titania
EDDIE SAYS
Oberon and Titania are the King and Queen of the fairies.
  • Question 7

What are Titania and Oberon arguing over?

CORRECT ANSWER
Titania's Indian boy
EDDIE SAYS
Titania and Oberon are arguing over Titania's Indian boy.
  • Question 8

Oberon instructs Puck to squeeze some drops of magical juice onto the eyes of Titania while she sleeps.

What does this juice do?

CORRECT ANSWER
makes her fall in love with the first living thing she sees when she wakes up
EDDIE SAYS
The magic juice makes her fall in love with the first living thing she sees when she wakes up.
  • Question 9

Who else does Puck apply the magic juice to?

CORRECT ANSWER
Lysander and Demetrius
EDDIE SAYS
Puck applies the magic juice to the eyes of Lysander and Demetrius.
  • Question 10

Also in the wood that night are a group of men from Athens including Nick Bottom.

What are they in the woods for?

CORRECT ANSWER
rehearsing a play to celebrate the wedding of Hippolyta and Theseus
EDDIE SAYS
The men, along with Nick Bottom, are in the woods rehearsing a play to celebrate the wedding of Hippolyta and Theseus.
  • Question 11

What does Puck give Nick Bottom the head of?

CORRECT ANSWER
a donkey or ass
EDDIE SAYS
Puck gives Nick Bottom the head of a donkey or ass.
  • Question 12

After Titania wakes up, Puck's magic is responsible for characters being 'in love' with the wrong character.

Match all the characters who are 'in love' with someone:

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Lysander and Demetrius are in lov...
Helena
Helena is in love with
Demetrius
Hermia is in love with
Lysander
Titania is in love with
Bottom
EDDIE SAYS
Lysander and Demetrius are in love with Helena.
Helena is in love with Demetrius.
Hermia is in love with Lysander.
Titania is in love with Bottom.
  • Question 13

Titania is very happy being in love with Nick Bottom.

As a result what does she give Oberon?

CORRECT ANSWER
the Indian boy
EDDIE SAYS
Titania gives Oberon her Indian boy.
  • Question 14

Oberon is happy to have got his own way and so instructs Puck to undo almost all of the magic....

At the end of the play, who is in love with who? Match the couples.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Titania
Oberon
Helena
Demetrius
Hermia
Lysander
EDDIE SAYS
At the end of the play the couples are:
Titania and Oberon
Helena and Demetrius
Hermia and Lysander.
  • Question 15

A Midsummer Night's Dream has a happy ending.

Using all your knowledge of the plot, put the following elements of the plot in the correct order.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
Hermia, refusing to marry Demetri...
2
Helena is in love with Demetrius ...
3
Helena and Demetrius follow Hermi...
4
In the woods Oberon and Titania a...
5
To get revenge, Oberon instructs ...
6
The magic juice makes Demetrius a...
7
Puck then undoes the magic except...
8
The play has a happy ending. Tita...
EDDIE SAYS
1 = Hermia, refusing to marry Demetrius, runs away with Lysander.
2 = Helena is in love with Demetrius so tells him that Helena has run away with Lysander.
3 = Helena and Demetrius follow Hermia and Lysander into the woods.
4 = In the woods Oberon and Titania are arguing over a servant boy.
5 = To get revenge, Oberon instructs Puck to squeeze magic juice into the eyes of Titania. He also squeezes it into Demetrius' and Lysander's eyes.
6 = The magic juice makes Demetrius and Lysander love Helena and Titania falls in love with Bottom.
7 = Puck then undoes the magic except for Demetrius.
8 = The play has a happy ending. Titania and Oberon are happy, Hermia and Lysander are in love and Demetrius loves Helena.
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