A Midsummer night’s dream: play response
in this play response, you will examine and reflect on the play and performance.
Respond to the ALL of the following:
QUESTION 1: What is the THEME(s) of the play? How does the theme(s)/meaning relate to and express current culture and values of society? ACT III: CUES & CONCEPTS.
QUESTION 2: Describe the DRAMATIC STRUCTURE of this play using the recorded performance of this play. ACT III: CUES & CONCEPTS
What is the GENRE of this play? Explain using specific information from the play. ACT III: READING 2. “Genre” pp. 153-168.
Describe the RISING ACTION. Identify the scene(s) of the rising action. Include VIDEO TIME STAMP and TWO (2) corresponding lines of dialogue (what the character(s) are saying).
Describe the EXPOSITION. How does takes place – scenes, dialogue, narration, etc. Which characters are involved. Include VIDEO TIME STAMP and TWO (2) corresponding lines of dialogue (what the character(s) are saying).
Describe the CLIMAX. What happens? Which characters are present. Why is this the climax? What elements are present that brings on this culminating high point? Include VIDEO TIME STAMP and TWO (2) corresponding lines of dialogue (what the character(s) are saying).
QUESTION 3: Were the performers believable, given the requirements of the play? ACT V: CUES & CONCEPTS
If so, how did they seem to accomplish this? If not, what occurred to impair or destroy believe-ability? (As you discuss this, be sure to separate the performer from the characters. For example, you can dislike a character but admire the performance.)
Did the technical abilities of the performers support their work? [i.e. vocal traits like loudness and articulation; physical traits like appropriate movement and natural gesturing: believe-ability of specific actions (as opposed to general) and relationship to other characters] How so or how not?
QUESTION 4: Overall, were the visual and audio elements of the play unified and seem to fit together seamlessly? How was this reflected in the visual elements (the scenery, props, costumes, lighting, etc.)?ACT VII: CUES & CONCEPTS
Format & Instructions:
In this essay, you will fully illustrate the definition of terms used by applying the term and identifying examples from the performance within the context of your essay. UNDERLINE all terms used. You must use MORE THAN 5 TERMS from ACT III: TERMS “On Book” The Play and ACT VII: TERMS “Backstage” Design & Technology.
Write AT LEAST 300-WORDS for each question, minimum to achieve a “C” grade. Length of essay responses must go well beyond the 300-word minimum to get more credit.
Provide specific examples of moments from the play to support your thoughts.
Answer sub-questions. Use these to frame your complete response.
Your analysis MUST BE IN YOUR OWN WORDS. All student work (written or produced) WILL BE CHECKED FOR PLAGIARISM. ALL WORK must be your own work. Written work containing wording (sentences or phrases) from another source without citations will be identified as an act of plagiarism and will be subject to faculty referral and disciplinary sanction as explained in ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT.
Quotes from the play and/or class material sources will not be counted in the overall word count of your Response.
Cover pages, headers, page numbers and References or Works Cited will not be counted in the overall word count of your Response.
DO NOT USE OUTSIDE SOURCES. Use only class material sources.
If you have citations, you must include a reference page “Works Cited”.
For citing and referencing class sources, see WRITING GUIDE.
Use this format: 12 pt. font Times New Roman or Calibri, Double-spaced, 1″ margins
Additional points will be deducted for misspellings, lack of punctuation, using improper case use and texting acronyms, and lack of clarity in your response.
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