Act III Pre-Reading Vocabulary

Part I: Using prior knowledge and context clues
Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the sentence. Use any clues you can find in the sentence combined with your prior knowledge, and write what you think the bolded word means.

1. We must have a wall in the great chamber, for Pyramus and Thisby, says the story, did talk through the chink of a wall.

CHINK means:

2. When you have spoken our speech, enter into that brake.

BRAKE means:

3. This is a knavery of them, to make me afeared.

KNAVERY means:

4. Mine ear is much enamored of thy shape.


5. And I will purge thy mortal grossness so
That thou shalt like an airy spirit go.

PURGE means:

6. I promise you your kindred hath made my eyes water ere now.

KINDRED means:

7. Come, wait upon him; lead him to my bower.

BOWER means:

8. And when she weeps, weeps every little flower,
Lamenting some enforced chastity.


9. Near to her close and consecrated bower,
While she was in her dull and sleeping hour,
A crew of patches, rude mechanicals
That work for bread upon Athenian stalls
Were met together to rehearse a play
Intended for great Theseus' nuptial day.


10. Oh, why rebuke you him that loves you so?
Lay breath so bitter on your bitter foe.

REBUKE means:

Part 2: Determining the meaning.
You have tried to figure out the meanings of the vocabulary words for Act III. Now, match the vocabulary words to their dictionary definitions. If there are words for which you cannot figure out the definition from the context clues and process of elimination, look them up in a dictionary.

21. chink
A. a woman's private chamber (room)
22. brake
B. unprincipled, crafty, or unsavory behaviour
23. knavery
C. a thicket, a group of thick bushes
24. enamored
D. sacred, blessed
25. purge
E. regretting deeply; mourning; expressing sorrow
26. kindred
F. to criticize or reprove sharply, reprimand. "Tell off"
27. bower
G. a narrow opening, such as a crack or fissure
28. lamenting
H. to remove (impurities) by cleaning or a similar method
29. consecrated
I. inspired or captivated with love
30. rebuke
J. relatives