Jaques’ Soliloquy From As You Like It (Act II, Scene Vii): Question Preview (ID: 16646)

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What is a soliloquy?
a) lead actor in a play
b) an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, esp. by a character in a play.
c) Shakespeare method of writing
d) several characters arguing on stage

2. What is the extended metaphor of this soliloquy?
a) stage
b) life
c) actors of the world
d) The metaphor of the stage is the first metaphor, and then Shakespeare presents a brief drama in seven acts, each representing

What is the effect of “mere” in line 2?
a) Mere means only or just. Without it, the image sounds rather grand and wonderful; with it, the idea of being an actor is holl
b) Mere means wonderful
c) Mere means that the actors were better than everyone else.
d) Mere mean that this line is important in the play.

A transition is a movement from one idea to the next. What is the first transition you can find in the soliloquy?
a) Line 1: All the world's a stage...
b) Line 3 4-They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts,
c) Line 5: “ . . . His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant . . . ” In this transition, Shakespeare moves from framing th
d) Line 2: And all the men and women merely players;

Are there any other transitions in the soliloquy? If so, where are they?
a) An unwilling schoolboy going to school carrying a book bag (morning)
b) The strict, fat judge with witty sayings (Wise saws)
c) An infant who is crying and puking (mewling)
d) All of the Above

What words does Shakespeare choose to emphasize the transition between (5) the judge and (6) the aging man?
a) “fair round belly” vs. “lean” “shrunk shank” “eyes severe” vs. “spectacle on nose”
b) wise saws . . . instances” vs. “world too wide” (he seemed to know everything, and now the world is changing and is too big
c) answer 1 and 2
d) none of the above

What evidence from the text can you find to determine whether the tone of this soliloquy is funny or sad? Chose one
a) The schoolboy (morning face): This description has many meanings—in the morning on the way to school;
b) All the worlds a stage
c) The winter snow marks the color of the man's hair
d) To be or not to be...that is the question

How does Shakespeare use words related to sound in the soliloquy?
a) The schoolboy (morning face): This description has many meanings—in the morning on the way to school;
b) Sound words include “mewling,” “whining,” “sighing,” “strange oaths,” “wise saws,” and “trebles, pipes and whistles.” Shakes
c) Out out spot
d) To be or not to be...that is the question

Who wrote As You Like It
a) William Shakespeare
b) Joan of Ark
c) Wilt Chamberlain
d) Mark Twain

What images, words, and even sentence structures from the beginning of the soliloquy repeat toward the end? How do these unify the soliloquy
a) “All” becomes “sans everything”
b) “Infant” returns in the form of an adult “child”
c) This return of words from the opening of the soliloquy show that man’s life has come full circle.
d) all of the above

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