Examination Questions on A Midsummer Night's Dream
Question: Have the causes of the action of the drama been clearly set forth in this opening act? What were those causes?
Answer: Yes. I. The love of Lysander and Hermia for each other, which conflicts with the wish and determination of Egeus that Hermia shall marry Demetrius. II. The love of Helena for Demetrius, whom he rejects for Hermia. III. The betrothal of Theseus and Hippolyta, which necessitates the festivities for which the Athenian mechanicals are preparing.
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