Shakespearean Comedy and Much Ado About Nothing

2 09 2011

The venue for today’s English class (5th period) is the Reading Area of the HS LRC. Please make sure you have enough battery life to finish the quiz as I will not permit you to charge your laptops. Bring your own copy of Much Ado About Nothing. For this quiz, review the elements of Shakespearean Comedy. (see previous post for pdf file) Kindly also review the tips to creating a good thesis statement.

1. Don’t forget to type your name and the test type on the document. The test type is “Literary Commentary: Much Ado About Nothing” Write this in the document itself (it does NOT serve as the title). Turnitin will ask you for the test title/type and type that up accordingly.

2. Observe the usual composition guidelines: provide a title, use regular font, size 14 and double-spaced.

3. The essay should have 750-1000 words only. For the sake of a synchronized word count, please use as your official counter. Include the final WORD COUNT data below your essay.

4. You may use any word processor software; however, please save your file document as a .doc or .docx file. Your file document should have a filename with this format: <firstname><lastname>003.doc …. e.g. barbsmagallona003.doc

5. Submit your paper through Check your my.xs email to see the invitation to enroll in our turnitin class account. The deadline of the essay is at at 3:1o pm.

7. The grading scale still includes the previous years rubrics: Understanding of the Text (0-5 points), Interpretation of the Text (0-5 points), Appreciation of Literary Features (0-5 points), Presentation (0-5), Formal Language Use (0-5 points). The grade equivalent is as follows:

0-3 = 1

4-7 = 2

8-9 = 3

10-12 = 4

13-16 – 5

17-19 = 6

20-25 = 7



Analyze “Much Ado About Nothing” under the following caveat of Shakespearean comedy: “Courtship narratives explore the chaotic nature of human sexuality and the laws that set out to govern it.” Incorporate a) your analysis of Shakespearean word play and b) literary elements of the play (i.e. character, plot, sub-plot, stage directions, etc.)




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