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English II / Schulte
Taming of the Shrew – Act 4 Study Guide


Vocabulary – define the following words
- beseech
- trimmed
- credulous
- quarrel
- lewd
- paltry
- austerity
- expound
- entitle

Scene 1

  1. What does Grumio tell Curtis happened on the journey home?

  1. When Grumio finishes telling Curtis his story about Kate and Petruchio, Curtis says, “By this reck- oning he is more shrew than she.” Grumio replies, “Ay, and that thou and the proudest of you all shall find when he comes home.” What does their exchange imply about Petruchio’s behavior? Why might Petruchio and Kate’s entrance be prefaced by this exchange?

  1. What are the four causes of Petruchio’s anger with his servants?

  1. What does Petruchio’s servant Peter mean when he says of his master and his new bride, “He kills her in her own humour”?

  1. How does Petruchio intend to “kill a wife with kindness”? What is his plan for “taming” Kate? Is it working?

  1. In a famous metaphor, Petruchio compares “taming” Kate to training a falcon, a hunting hawk: “My falcon now is [hungry] and [extremely] empty, / And till she [fly to the lure] she must not be full- gorged, / For then she never looks upon her lure.” How is Kate like the falcon? What does it suggest about Petruchio that he compares her to one?

Scene 2

  1. How does Tranio trick Hortensio into giving up his pursuit of Bianca?

  1. According to Tranio, who is the master of the taming school? Why?

  1. How does Tranio trick the pedant into assuming the identity of Vincentio?

  1. How is Tranio’s character further developed in this scene? What does the audience learn about him?

Scene 3

  1. How is food used in this scene?

  1. Kate says, “But I, who never knew how to entreat, / Nor never needed that I should entreat, / Am starved for meat.” What does this suggest about Kate’s upbringing?

  1. Toward what purpose is clothing used in this scene?

  1. How does Petruchio continue to kill Kate with kindness?

  1. Describe Kate’s spirit. Is she “tamed,” or is she the same as she was when the audience first meets her?

  1. Why does Kate accuse Petruchio of making her a puppet? How does Petruchio respond to this accusation?

  1. Describe the conversation about the time of day between Kate and Petruchio. What point is Petru- chio making?

  1. How might this scene be played in different ways?

Scene 4

  1. What does the pedant fear about Baptista?

  1. Does the pedant do a convincing job acting as Vincentio? Why or why not?

  1. What does Biondello think Lucentio—who is still disguised as Cambio—should do immediately, and why?

  1. Biondello refers to Bianca as an “appendix” in this chapter. What does he mean, and what connotation does it have?

Scene 5

  1. What game with regard to the sun and the moon does Petruchio play with Kate? What is his pur- pose?

  1. Kate is compared both to a “field” (“the field is won”) and to a participant in a game of bowling (“Thus the bowl should run”). How does each of these comparisons objectify her?

  1. How does Petruchio make Vincentio a prop in his taming of Kate?

  1. While Kate is agreeing with Petruchio that Vincentio is a young maiden, she gives an over-the-top speech complimenting him/her. How could this be interpreted?

  1. Why is Vincentio angered to hear about Lucentio’s impending marriage? Why doesn’t he believe Petruchio’s account?

  1. What effect has Petruchio had on Hortensio?

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