ICSE 2014 Drama: As You Like It: William Shakespeare Practice Questions

Drama: As You Like It: William Shakespeare Practice Questions
Question 1
Read the given extract and answer
the questions that follow:                                         
Rosalind:
What shall be our sports then?
Celia:
Let us sit and mock the good housewife Fortune from her wheel that her
gifts may hence forth bestowed equally.
a)     Why did Rosalind and Celia decide to
devise sports?
b)    What was first suggested as a form
of amusement? What was Celia’s advice to Rosalind in this regard?
c)     Why does Celia think that Fortune’s
gifts are not equally bestowed?
d)    What difference of opinion do Celia
and Rosalind have with respect to Nature and Fortune?
e)     How has Fortune treated Celia and
Rosalind in this scene?
Question 2
Read the given extract and answer
the questions that follow:                                         
Le Beau:
Good Sir, I do in friendship counsel you
To leave this place. Albeit you have deserv’d
High commendation, true applause and love,
Yet such is now the duke’s condition
That he misconstrues all that you have done.
The duke is humorous:……….
a)     Who is Le Beau? Why does he advise
Orlando to leave the place?
b)    What information does Orlando seek
from Le Beau? Why does Le Beau consider that neither of the two ladies are
duke’s daughter?
c)     Explain: The duke is humorous.
d)    What is Duke Frederick’s attitude
towards Rosalind now? Why has he developed such an attitude?
e)     Duke Frederick banishes Rosalind
later in the play? What reasons does he give for the banishment? How does
Rosalind defend her innocence?
Question 3
Give a character sketch of Celia.                                                                                         
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 Answers
a)     Why did Rosalind and Celia decide to
devise sports?
1.     Rosalind’s father Duke Senior
banished from the dukedom by his brother Duke Frederick
2.     Rosalind grief-stricken and Celia
request to forget her grief and be cheerful.
3.     Rosalind agrees and suggest to
devise (plan) some  sports (amusement) to
cheer up
b)    What was first suggested as a form
of amusement? What was Celia’s advice to Rosalind in this regard?
1.     Rosalind first suggests falling in
love.
2.     Celia’s advice: not to fall too
sincerely.
3.      Should be able to retrace/withdraw from the
relationship without great damage. 
c)     Why does Celia think that Fortune’s
gifts are not equally bestowed?
1.     Fortune is blind; unpredictable and
hence disperses gifts haphazardly.
2.     Particularly, in the case of women;
she is too random that those deserve worth are not properly favoured by
Fortune.
3.     Honest women are seldom beautiful;
beautiful women are seldom honest.
d)    What difference of opinion do Celia
and Rosalind have with respect to Nature and Fortune?
1.     Celia: Fortune’s function to mould
the character.
2.     Rosalind: Nature’s function to mould
character.
3.     Fortune can only make or mar the
fate of a man or woman but not his/her character or nature.
e)     How has Fortune treated Celia and
Rosalind in this scene?
1.     Rosalind’s father Duke Senior
banished from the dukedom by his brother Duke Frederick.
2.     Rosalind’s stays at court as a
companion to Celia. Fall in status and privileges.
3.     Celia is now the daughter of the new
duke. Elevated status and increased privileges.
Question 2
a)     Who is Le Beau? Why does he advise
Orlando to leave the place?
1.     Le Beau is courtier in Duke
Frederick’s court.
2.     Duke Frederick impressed by
Orlando’s victory over Charles the court wrestler- asks Orlando about his
father: Orlando son of Sir Jacques De Boys, an enemy of Duke Frederick- Duke
Frederick angered.
3.     Le Beau fears that the temperamental
Duke may bring harm to Orlando and advises him to leave the duchy.
b)    What information does Orlando seek
from Le Beau? Why does Le Beau consider that neither of the two ladies are
duke’s daughter?
1.     Orlando wants to know which of the
two ladies at the wrestling was the duke’s daughter.
2.     Celia is the duke’s daughter.
However, when compared with the tyrannical temperamental duke, Le Beau holds
that neither Rosalind nor Celia seems to be the duke’s daughter.
3.     Both the ladies are sweet natured
and polite.
c)     Explain: The duke is humorous.
1.     The duke is given to temperamental
tantrums and his actions are unpredictable.
2.     Humorous: temperamental
3.     Elizabethan medical theory: every
man composed of four humours, such as blood, phlegm, choler and melancholy. A
man’s nature depends upon the proportion of these four elements in his body.
d)    What is Duke Frederick’s attitude
towards Rosalind now? Why has he developed such an attitude?
1.     According to Le Beau, Duke Frederick
has recently developed a hostile attitude towards his niece Rosalind.
2.     The duke feels that people praise
Rosalind of her virtues and sympathises with her on her unfortunate situation.
(Her father being banished).
3.     Thus Rosalind overshadows his
daughter Celia.
e)     Duke Frederick banishes Rosalind
later in the play. What reasons does he give for the banishment? How does
Rosalind defend her innocence?
1.     Rosalind is a traitor and he does
not trust her.
2.     She is Duke Senior’s daughter.
3.     Rosalind says that she had not in
her words, action or thoughts conceived of offending the duke.
4.     Duke’s mistrust does not make her a
traitor.
5.     Her father was not a traitor and
treason cannot be inherited.
Question 3
Give a character sketch of Celia.                                                                                         
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1.     Individualistic
2.     Deep love for Rosalind
3.     Pragmatic
4.     Sympathetic

Illustration
of each character with instances from the play.