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Help high school students go beyond basic plot recall and develop close reading analysis skills with this set of high-order questions covering Act 2, scene 2, of As You Like It by William Shakespeare. Delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats, this worksheet saves English Language Arts teachers valuable time at home without sacrificing rigor in the classroom. An answer key is provided. 

By completing this exercise, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly and implicitly
  • Define complex vocabulary as it is used in the text
  • Examine nuances in word meanings
  • Discern the effect of Shakespeare’s word choices
  • Clarify to whom a particular descriptor applies
  • Discern the tone of a character’s remarks
  • Examine how complex characters think, behave, interact, and develop
  • Discern the irony in the outcome of Duke Frederick’s banishment of Rosalind
  • Determine the function of the scene

This resource may facilitate small-group discussions in which students decode language and pose/respond to questions relating to plot, broad topics, and character development. Using this resource for structured guidance, students will improve their ability to present information, conclusions, and supporting textual evidence clearly and convincingly.