Do these short vocabulary exercises before you try to read Act I. Understanding some of the harder words will make your life a lot easier! You will also be able to read with feeling better if you know what your character is saying!

A: Context

Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use the clues in the sentence, plus your prior knowledge, and write down what you think the bold words mean:

1. With cunning hast thou filched my daughter's heart,
Turned her obedience, which is due to me,
To stubborn harshness.

FILCHED means:

2. Either to die the death, or to abjure
Forever the society of men.

ABJURE means:

3. A good persuasion.


4. I have a widow aunt, a dowager,
Of great revenue, and she hath no child.

REVENUE means:

5. Tomorrow night, when Phoebe doth behold
Her silver visage in the watery glass,
Decking with liquid pearl the bladed grass,
A time that lovers' flights doth still conceal,
Through Athens' gates have we devised to steal.

VISAGE means:

6. Things base and vile, holding not quantity
Love can transpose to form and dignity.

BASE means:

7. So the boy Love is perjured everywhere:
For ere Demetrius looked on Hermia's eyne,
He hailed down oaths that he was only mine;


8. Marry, our play is The most lamentable comedy, and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisby.


9. You may do it extempore, for it is nothing but roaring.


10. I grant you, friends, if you should fright the ladies out of their wits, they would have no more discretion but to hang us.


B: Determining the meaning
You have tried to figure out the meanings of the vocabulary words for Act One. Now, match the vocabulary words to their dictionary definitions. Be sure to write down the word AND the definition, as you will need these to study! If there are words which you cannot figure out from the context clues above, look them up in a dictionary. Be certain that the definition you choose makes sense in the context of the line above!

1. Filched
A. face or appearance
2. Abjure
B. to give up, or abstain from
3. Persuasion
C. strongly held opinion, or a conviction
4. Revenue
D. worthy of grief, mourning, or regret
5. Visage
E. spoken, carried out, or composed with little or no preparation
6. Base
F. ability or power to decide responsibly
7. Perjured
G. testified falsely under oath, falsified, untrue
8. Lamentable
H. income or wealth
9. Extempore
I. snitched or stole
10. Discretion
J. the lowest or bottom part, or the lowest, most crude something
NOTE: DO NOT write : 1. B (not the right answer, by the way) on your paper! You cannot study from a random string of letters and numbers! Write something like:
1. Dowager = old noblewoman who has no power herself. This is easier to study from.