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.                                                                                          [5]
 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.                                                                                          [5]
1.     Individualistic
2.     Deep love for Rosalind
3.     Pragmatic
4.     Sympathetic

Illustration of each character with instances from the play.


4 comments :

  1. fantastic question paper!!!

  1. Anonymous said... :

    the questions as well as the answers are helpful.

  1. Anonymous said... :

    This was really very helpful especially for my icse board examination thanks a lot sir an please continue to help us this way!!

  1. this was very helpful. One mistake though - Orlando is the son of Rowland de Boyes, not Jaques de Boys.

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