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Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

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1. Who refuses to marry in the beginning of the play?

2. Where and when does the play take place?

3. How does Claudio woo Hero?

4. At the beginning of the play, what is Beatrice’s relationship to Benedick?

5. Who is Leonato?

6. What does Don John want?

7. Who carries out Don John’s plan?

8. What reason does Don John give for his sullenness?

9. Who is said to be “an ass”?

10. Why does Claudio reject Hero at the altar?

11. Who discovers Don John’s evil plot?

12. What does Leonato’s household do to punish Claudio for shaming Hero?

13. Which two characters write love sonnets?

14. To whom does Don Pedro propose marriage?

15. Why is Margaret mistaken for Hero?

16. Which character is sad at the end of the play?

17. What makes Claudio realize that he wrongly accused Hero?

18. When was this play probably first performed?

19. How do Don Pedro and Claudio make Benedick fall in love with Beatrice?

20. Have Beatrice and Benedick courted before?

21. Why is it necessary for Hero to seem to die?

22. What term best describes Dogberry’s verbal comedy?

23. What is Balthasar’s song in Act II, scene iii about?

24. What does the “savage bull” symbolize (I.i.213; V.iv.43)?

25. Who is the most socially powerful person in the play?

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Don Pedro's Romantic Feelings

by CDGirvin, December 06, 2012

In this SparkNote, it mentions that Don Pedro "seems to have no romantic interest of his own," although in Act 2, Scene 1 (beginning around line 275) Don Pedro is talking with Beatrice about her views on marriage after the masquerade. Beatrice makes a joke, saying, "I would rather have one of your father’s getting. / Hath your grace ne'er a brother like you? / Your father got excellent husbands, if a maid could come by them." Don Pedro responds, "Will you have me, lady?" which is potentially another joke, although it may also be quite a se... Read more

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Don Pedro-infatuated with Beatrice?

by GoblinMaiden, April 23, 2013

I think that at the end of the day, Don Pedro is more inclined to try be of any help and see his friends happy. Don Pedro offers himself to Beatrice lightly, but with the obvious intent of wanting to secure her own happiness, especially since she is so fickle about men in the first place. He doesn't seek her hand with his own interest so much as in the interest of her own well being. It illustrates just how selfless his character is.

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Mistake - Antonio is not the father of Beatrice

by ---VeVe---, June 16, 2013

There is a mistake in the summary: at the very beginning, it says Antonio would be the father of Beatrice. Actually, he is most likely only her uncle, just as Leonato. Why else is Leonato the first who concerns of her marriage instead of Antonio? (He tries to convince her (2.1) and Don Pedro addresses him with this issue (2.1).) It is because he is her closest male relative (in the printed edition I have this is even written within an annotation) and therefore responsible for her.
These are only evidences but I could not find any indic... Read more

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