Rude Mechanicals in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream


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What is the name of the play the rude mechanicals perform?

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1. Which of the following names is NOT one of the rude mechanicals?

2. What part does Starveling play in Pyramus and Thisby?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The rude mechanicals are a group of craftsmen putting on a play, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of these characters. You'll need to know which play they're planning to perform and recognize their names.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Ensure you can answer questions on the following:

  • Members of the rude mechanicals
  • The play they perform
  • How Bottom 'improves' the play
  • Starveling's part
  • Which rude mechanical interacts the most with the other characters

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson on A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the rude mechanicals to recognize who was and was not a member of this group
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Bottom's changes to the play

Additional Learning

Rude Mechanicals in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is our accompanying lesson that will tell you more about this colorful group of characters. The lesson covers topics such as those listed below:

  • The trades each rude mechanical practices
  • The scenes that feature the rude mechanicals
  • Spells in the play and their effects
  • What 'play-within-a-play' means
  • What a Bergomask dance is