"As You Like It". Study Questions
- What are the two main settings of the play?
- How does Orlando show he is in love?
- Jaques is a conventional stereotype of the melancholic in Renaissance literature, a thoughtful, moral, serious type with a satiric wit and a tendency to moroseness.
- Touchstone represents another Shakespearean convention: the court jester as wise Fool, who speaks truth through apparently nonsensical utterances.
- Examine his "All the world's a stage" speech. What are its main points?
- Evaluate the play's conclusion(s). Have the issues (problems/desires) introduced and represented been resolved/fulfilled?
- What is Orlando's complaint against his brother Oliver?
- What has happened at court? Where is the old Duke now? Where is his daughter?
- Why did Charles the wrestler come to see Oliver? What is Oliver's response?
- Why does Oliver so dislike Orlando?
- Why is Rosalind sad? How does Celia try to cheer her up?
- What happens in the match between Charles and Orlando?
- Why is Duke Frederick displeased when Orlando identifies himself?
- Why does Duke Frederick banish Rosalind?
- Why will Celia go with Rosalind? Where will they go? How will they be disguised? What names will they use? Who will go with them?
- How well is Duke Senior responding to exile in the forest? What bothers him about hunting deer there?
- What is Duke Frederick's response to the runaways?
- How "original" is the complaining of Silvius for Phoebe? How "realistic" does Silvius seem as a shepherd?
- Why does Jaques say he avoids Duke Senior?
- What is Touchstone's response to country life? How does it differ from Corin's?
- What has Rosalind/Ganymede found on the trees? Does she know who put it there?
- What happens when Celia/Aliena reveals that the lover is Orlando?
- How does Rosalind/Ganymede propose to cure Orlando's love? How does Orlando respond to the idea?
- What is Jaques' response to the proposed marriage of Audrey and Touchstone?
- What kind of love is Touchstone most interested in? Why does he choose Audrey?
- How does Phoebe respond to Rosalind/Ganymede?
- Analyze Rosalind's strategy with Orlando. Describe her methods/aims.
- How, in general, would you characterize Rosalind/Ganymede's views about love?
- What message has Phoebe sent to Rosalind/Ganymede via Silvius?
- How does Orlando respond to Oliver's love of Celia/Aliena? How does Rosalind respond to his new seriousness?
- What compacts has Rosalind/Ganymede made with the others?
- What news does Jaques de Boys bring to the group?