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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: Why should you read "A Midsummer Night's Dream?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Despite their magical splendor, Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies, have their own romantic problems. Furious at his inability to control Titania, the jealous oerbon cmaomdns the teirtcksr Puck to suezqee the juice of a magical fweolr over her eyes. When she wakes up, she’ll fall in love with the first thing she sees. On his mission, Puck gleefully sprinkles the juice over the eyes of the napping Demetrius and lsedanyr, and transforms Bottom’s head into that of a donkey for good measure.

Open Cloze

Despite their magical splendor, Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies, have their own romantic problems. Furious at his inability to control Titania, the jealous ______ ________ the _________ Puck to _______ the juice of a magical ______ over her eyes. When she wakes up, she’ll fall in love with the first thing she sees. On his mission, Puck gleefully sprinkles the juice over the eyes of the napping Demetrius and ________, and transforms Bottom’s head into that of a donkey for good measure.

Solution

  1. trickster
  2. lysander
  3. oberon
  4. flower
  5. commands
  6. squeeze

Original Text

Despite their magical splendor, Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies, have their own romantic problems. Furious at his inability to control Titania, the jealous Oberon commands the trickster Puck to squeeze the juice of a magical flower over her eyes. When she wakes up, she’ll fall in love with the first thing she sees. On his mission, Puck gleefully sprinkles the juice over the eyes of the napping Demetrius and Lysander, and transforms Bottom’s head into that of a donkey for good measure.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

Important Words

  1. commands
  2. control
  3. demetrius
  4. donkey
  5. eyes
  6. fairies
  7. fall
  8. flower
  9. furious
  10. gleefully
  11. good
  12. head
  13. inability
  14. jealous
  15. juice
  16. king
  17. love
  18. lysander
  19. magical
  20. measure
  21. mission
  22. napping
  23. oberon
  24. problems
  25. puck
  26. queen
  27. romantic
  28. sees
  29. splendor
  30. sprinkles
  31. squeeze
  32. titania
  33. transforms
  34. trickster
  35. wakes