Pre-AP 10--March 30-April 3
This week we will be completing our study of A Midsummmer Night's Dream. We will begin our study of 'The Lost Generation,' The Sun Also Rises, and begin work on our multi genre research projects. Please see the due dates listed below and the files that have been added to the bottom of the page.
Pre-AP 10 Due Dates
a. March 30, 2015 -- Rough Drafts of A Midsummer Night's Dream Essays, and notes for 'The Lost Generation' PowerPoint notes due.
b. March 31, 2015 -- Chapters 1-5 in The Sun Also Rises Due
c. April 2, 2015 -- Structure questions for Jane Eyre and A Midsummer Night's Dream
d. April 3, 2015 -- Chapters 1-6 and analysis cards due
From the earliest written rhymes to the latest top-40 radio hit, love is among the eternal themes for poetry. Most love poetry seems to fall into one of two categories. Either the poem sings the praises of the beloved and the unending joys of love in overly exaggerated terms. Or the poet laments the loss of love with such bitterness and distress that it seems like the end of life. Anyone who has been in love, though, can tell that both of these views are limited and incomplete and that real love is neither entirely joyous, or entirely sad. In Sonnet 116, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds,” Shakespeare creates a more realistic image of love. By balancing negative with positive images and language, this sonnet does a far better job than thousands of songs and poems before and since, defining love in all its complexities and contradictions.
Though more than 400 years have passed since Shakespeare wrote his sonnets, some things never change, and among these is the nature of complex human emotions. In a mere fourteen lines, Shakespeare succeeds where many others have failed by providing a much more satisfying definition of love than and individual might normally see in one dimensional, strictly happy or sad poetry. The love he describes is the sort that not everyone is lucky enough to find –a “marriage of true minds”—complicated, unsettling, and very real.
1. In Act I Lysander says “In books they say that true love always faces obstacles” (I.i. 132-134). What is “true love”? Does it exist? Why or why not? Do you agree with Lysander that love always faces obstacles?
2. Helena says, “Love can make worthless things beautiful” (I.I.233-234). What does this mean? Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not? Provide an example if you feel that the above statement is true.
3. What are Theseus and Hippolyta discussing at the start of the play?
4. How does Hippolyta come to be betrothed to Theseus?
5. Why is Egeus disturbed?
6. What will be Hermia’s fate if she refuses to marry Demetrius?
7. To what do Lysander and Hermia agree?
8. What hope does Helena have by telling Demetrius of Lysander and Herrmia’s flight?
9. Who are the characters in scene two, and what do they plan?