Today, we will watch the final two scenes of Twelfth Night. The last scene must be watched because so much of it is driven by the delivery of the actors. While I set this up for you, consider revisiting the table you created that outlines all of the plot elements that need to be resolved.
Oh…and remember: this is comedy, so they must be resolved. The resolution doesn’t have to make sense, of course (I’m looking at you, Blades of Glory), but it does have to wrap things up nicely.
…later in the class…
Wow! That was something, huh? Okay. Let’s take a look at the test.
So, on Thursday, you will the Twelfth Night test. The test will feature four questions (I was going to include twelve in honour of the play, but that seemed a little much). Each will require a detailed paragraph response; we will get to the level of detail required in a minute.
The four questions will be taken from the list of six questions below. This means that you will know the questions in advance; nice, huh? Unfortunately, you don’t know which four. This means you should prepare for all six questions; you’ll notice that all six connect to the characteristics of comedy:
- Both Orsino and Malvio are guilty of self-delusion; the difference, however, is that Orsino eventually understands his error.
- The plot of Twelfth Night is driven by coincidence.
- Olivia’ struggles in the play are certainly obvious, but they are not particularly serious.
- The ongoing conflicts between Malvolio, Sir Toby, and Feste are really propelled by the characters’ conflicting values.
- Humour in Twelfth Night is powered by witty jokes and word play.
- Viola’s real purpose in the narrative is to find her role in Illyrian society.
For the test, you will need to provide detailed and specific references to the play. This can include quoting phrases from the play or accurately paraphrasing (you do not need to memorize entire lines). Aim for four specific references per question.