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by William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night study guide contains a biography of William Shakespeare, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

Act I:

Count Orsino of Illyria is introduced; he laments that he is lovesick, and wishes that "if music be the food of love," he could kill his unrequited love through an overdose of music. Orsino's servant Valentine, whom Orsino sent to give his affections to Olivia, returns; Valentine was not allowed to speak directly to Olivia, but Olivia sent a message, via her handmaiden, that Olivia will continue to mourn her dead brother, and will neither allow Orsino to see her or to woo her.

Viola lands in Illyria, after a terrible shipwreck in which she was separated from her twin brother, Sebastian. Viola hopes that her brother was saved, as she was; the Captain, who also managed to get ashore, tries to console her of the hopes of finding her…

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Posted By sam s #383592 at Sep 02, 2014 6:22 PM

What are the accented and unaccented syllables for sonnet 18?

Lines 1-4 of Sonnet 18 needs to be divided into feet with vertical lines too.

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Posted By sam s #383592 at Sep 02, 2014 6:25 PM

Who are the stock characters in Twelfth Night?

A) Maria, Aguecheek, and Sir Toby
B) Maria, Aguecheek, and Olivia
C) Maria, Sir Toby, and Viola

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Posted By sam s #383592 at Sep 02, 2014 6:28 PM

True or Flase?

The humors were bodily fluids which were believed to control certain emotions.

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