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Analyse Key Quotations in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

In this worksheet, students will practise analysing key quotations from 'Much Ado About Nothing', exploring Shakespeare's use of language, structure and dramatic devices.

'Analyse Key Quotations in 'Much Ado About Nothing'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   Eduqas, OCR, Pearson Edexcel, AQA,

Curriculum topic:   Shakespeare

Curriculum subtopic:   Much Ado About Nothing

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In the exam, you will need to able to support your ideas with quotations from the exam extract and from the text as a whole.




You should try to build a bank of quotations for each character and theme and learn these so that you can use them readily in your exam response.

For a higher mark in the exam, you should try to analyse quotations closely.


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Try to zoom in on individual words, this will demonstrate to the examiner your close eye to detail.

Think about:

- what language/structure/dramatic device has Shakespeare used? E.g. puns, metaphor, etc.

-  what are the connotations of this word? What does it suggest about the character/theme?

- what effect does this have on the audience?

- how does it help to reflect something about the context in which Shakespeare was writing?


Have a go at the following questions which will help you to closely analyse quotations and think about what they suggest about particular characters, themes or ideas in 'Much Ado About Nothing'.


The quotations/text used in this exercise are from the copyrighted works of William Shakespeare, 'Much Ado About Nothing'.

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