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Understand the Setting and Opening Plot of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

This worksheet will enable the pupil to understand the setting and opening plot of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

'Understand the Setting and Opening Plot of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 8 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Set, Plot and Character Awareness

Popular topics:   Y8 Reading Comprehension worksheets, Reading Comprehension worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we'll be looking at the play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'


You will need to refer to your own copy of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to help you to answer the questions.


We will be looking at how Shakespeare creates the setting and the opening plot of the play in this activity.




The play has three storylines or 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.


This sets the scene for the main action of the play.


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