56 pages 1 hour read

William Shakespeare

As You Like It

Fiction | Play | Adult | Published in 1599

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During Reading

Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer Questions on key points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.


Reading Check

1. To whom is Orlando complaining about Oliver at the beginning of the play?

2. Who tries to persuade Orlando to give up his match with Charles?

3. With whom does Rosalind fall in love?

4. Who accompanies Rosalind and Celia when they go into exile?

5. Who is Silvius’s love interest?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. Why do Orlando and Oliver almost have a physical altercation? What does their interaction reveal about Orlando’s and Oliver’s respective characters?

2. Why does Oliver hate Orlando so much?

3. Why is Jaques upset about Duke Senior’s deer hunting? What does his attitude reveal about his character?

4. Why must Orlando go into exile in the Forest of Arden?

5. Why does Jaques say he wants to be a fool?

Paired Resource

What Was Life Like for a Court Jester?

  • This 5-minute TedEd video by Beatrice K. Otto describes the life of a jester or “fool” in various cultures.
  • The idea of a jester and the information in this resource connects to the theme of Court Versus Country Life.