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Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare


Study Questions & Essay Topics

Suggestions for Further Reading

1. Who is Orsino in love with at the beginning of the play?

2. Complete the quote: "If music be the food of _____, play on."

3. Where does Twelfth Night take place?

4. Why is Olivia unwilling to receive any visitors?

5. How does Viola come to be at Orsino’s court?

6. Why is Sir Andrew Aguecheek staying at Olivia’s home?

7. How does Viola disguise herself?

8. What is Malvolio’s position?

9. What is Sir Toby’s great vice?

10. Who does Orsino send to carry his messages to Olivia?

11. Who does Viola fall in love with?

12. Who does Olivia fall in love with?

13. Who is Sebastian?

14. Who forges the letter that Malvolio thinks is from Olivia?

15. What does the forged letter make Malvolio believe?

16. Who takes care of Sebastian after he is shipwrecked?

17. Who challenges Cesario to a duel?

18. What does Malvolio wear in the hope of pleasing Olivia?

19. Why does Antonio travel to Illyria?

20. Why does Sir Andrew try to fight with Sebastian?

21. What do Sir Toby and the others do to Malvolio?

22. What disguise does Feste wear when he speaks with Malvolio?

23. Who does Olivia marry?

24. When he realizes that Cesario is a woman, what does Orsino do?

25. Which character does not get married (or plan to) at the end of the play?

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