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Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Presentation of Themes in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

In this worksheet students will evaluate the effectiveness of the presentation of themes in 'Much Ado About Nothing', considering how they are presented through Shakespeare's use of language/structure/dramatic devices and how they reflect the key contextual factors in which Shakespeare was writing.

'Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Presentation of Themes 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


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In the exam, you might be asked to comment on the presentation of a theme or idea in an extract from the play and then consider this theme or idea in the play as a whole.

It is important that you know the key parts of the text where these themes are presented and also how they develop and change across the course of the play.


For the highest marks in the exam, you need to:

- demonstrate an excellent understanding of the relationship between the themes in the play and the context in which it was written.

- analyse the writer's use of language, structure and dramatic devices, considering their effect on the audience

Have a go at the following questions which will help you to evaluate the effectiveness of themes in 'Much Ado About Nothing'.


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.

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