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Help high school students go beyond general reading comprehension and promote the development of close reading analysis skills with this set of rigorous questions to complement Act 4, scene 5, of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. An answer key is provided. Materials are delivered in Word Document and PDF formats. By completing this exercise, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly and implicitly
  • Define complex words and phrases as they are used in the text
  • Explore how complex characters think, behave, develop, and interact
  • Articulate Petruchio’s contradictory behavior
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including allusion, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole
  • Cite textual evidence that contributes to the scene’s farcical tone
  • Write about Shakespearean drama with clarity, accuracy, and precision

This resource may serve as the basis for 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.