Much Ado About Nothing

Leonato Governor of Messina
Hero Leonato’s daughter
Beatrice Leonato’s niece
Antonio Leonato’s brother
Don Pedro Prince of Aragon
Count Claudio A young lord from Florence
Signoir Benedick A gentleman from Padua
Don John Don Pedro’s bastard brother
Borachio Don John’s follower
Much Ado About Nothing is a popular Shakespeare ____ comedy
Many believe that Beatrice and Benedick are the model for the witty lovers in Pride and Prejudice
The play is set in Messina on the island of Sicily
Don Pedro, Claudio, and Benedick have recently been to war
Who was defeated in the war? Don John
Claudio is in love with the fair Hero
Who brings Don John the news of Don Pedro’s plan to woo on Claudio’s behalf? Borachio
Beatrice is known for engaging in battles of wit with Benedick
Leonata believes that this character wishes to marry his daughter? Don Pedro
In Act One, much information is erroneously gathered by eavesdropping
How many scenes are in Act One? 3
Whom does Beatrice recognize at the party despite his mask? Benedick
Who does Claudio believe has wooed the fair Hero for himself? Don Pedro
Who asks for Beatrice’s hand in marriage? Don Pedro
At the end of Act 2, who decides he MUST love Beatrice? Benedick
Don John conspires with what man to do harm? Borachio
In Act 5, Beatrice swears to love ____ Benedick
Benedick show signs of being in love by shaving his beard
Dogberry and Verges are the town ______ policemen
Beatrice shows signs of being in love by falling sick
Who do Verges and Dogberry try to inform about Don John’s deceit? Leonato
What does Claudio do at his wedding? Denounces Hero as a lewd woman
Who consistently believes in Hero’s innocence? Beatrice
Who sees Don John as the primary culprit behind this deceit? Benedick
Beatrice asks Benedick to prove his love for her by killing Claudio
Dogberry and Verges arrest Conrade and Borachio
To reinstate, Claudio’s love, Hero pretends to be dead
To prove his love, Benedick agrees to challenge Claudio to a duel
Who brings Beatrice and Benedick news of Hero’s exoneration? Ursula
Who marries the happy couples? Friar John
Who does Benedick try to convince to marry at the end of Act 5? Don Pedro
Who said, “You always end with a jade’s trick. I know you of old” Beatrice
Who said, “God give me joy to wear it! for my heart is exceeding heavy” Hero
Who said, “Is’t come to this? In faith, hath not the world one man but he will wear his cap with suspicion?” Benedick
Who said, “In time the savage bull doth bear the yoke” Don Pedro
Who said, “Not till God make men of some other metal than earth. Would it not grieve a woman to be overmaster’d with a piece of valiant dust?” Beatrice
Claudio sets eyes on Hero and intends what? to marry her
What is the tool of villains to spread chaos and unhappiness? deception
What are easily made and lost? reputations
None of the characters explicitly seek… love
Characters’ feelings and intentions are obscured. Which theme is this? Language
What shows Benedick as lovesick? Mixed-up clothes
How was nothing pronounced in Shakespeare’s day? noting
Dogberry tries to prove he is a gentleman by having two… gowns
What is a metaphor for love? castles
Horns are a symbol for… marriage
What do Beatrice and Benedick claim to hate? love
How does Don Pedro plan to fool Hero into thinking he is Claudio? He will pretend to be Claudio at a masquerade ball
Why does Claudio think Don Pedro is wooing Hero for himself? Because Don John lies to him
To whom does Beatrice complain about Benedick? Benedick
What does Don Pedro hatch a plan to do? Get Beatrice and Benedick together
Why are Borachio and Conrade arrested? For fooling Claudio into thinking Hero was disloyal
What plan does the Friar come up with to get Claudio and Hero back together? To tell everyone that Hero is dead
Why does Benedick challenge Claudio to a duel? For causing the death of an innocent girl
Whom does Claudio marry? Hero
What is a milquetoast? A meek or spineless person
comedy professional entertainment consisting of jokes and satirical sketches
tragedy an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress; a play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending
act a part of a play that defines/is defined by elements such as rising action, climax, and resolution
scene a part of an act defined with the changing of characters
aside when a character’s dialogue is spoken but not heard by the other actors on the stage
cast (of characters) organization of performers and associated personnel
chorus a group of performers who comment on the main action, typically speaking and moving together
dialogue a conversation between characters in a drama or narrative; lines of passages in a script that are intended to be spoken
drama an exciting, emotional, or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances
foil a character who contrasts with another character (usually the protagonist) in order to highlight particular qualities of the other character
monologue a speech delivered by one person; a long one sided conversation
soliloquy a speech a character gives of his/her thoughts and reflections
stage directions part of a script of a play that tells the actor how they are to move or speak their lines
tragic hero a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat
pun a play on words in which humorous effect is produced by using a word that suggests two or more meanings
metaphor a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which is not literally applicable
simile a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind; used to make a description more emphatic or vivid
figurative language language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation
verse writing arranged with a metrical rhythm
prose written or spoken language in its ordinary form; without metrical system/structure