Act 5, Scenes 1-4: happy endings

Scene 1

How does Touchstone make fun of William?

Why did Shakespeare put in this scene do you think?

Scene 2

All the lovers come together in this scene. Explain who they are, and how they come together.

Why has Oliver joined the lovers? How has he changed?

How do Rosalind and Orlando treat each other?

Scene 3

What do Touchstone and Audrey talk about?

Scene 4

How does Touchstone entertain the others?

How does Rosalind change in this scene? How is humour and suspense created here?

How has the Forest of Arden changed Oliver and Duke Frederick?

What of place is the Forest of Arden?


Writing to inform, describe and explain: Describe a magical place you have visited, stayed in, dreamed of, explain how it changed you, and inform the reader about its essential features.


Writing to analyse, preparation for GCSE: Choose a scene to analyse in depth, comparing the different ways it is presented by Shakespeare and two different films.

About @wonderfrancis

Francis Gilbert is a Lecturer in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London, teaching on the PGCE Secondary English programme. He also teaches the Creative Writing module on the MA in Children’s Literature, which is run by Maggie Pitfield and Professor Michael Rosen. Previously, he worked for a quarter of a century in various English state schools teaching English and Media Studies to 11-18 year olds. He has, at times, moonlighted as a journalist, novelist and social commentator. He is the author of ‘Teacher On The Run’, ‘Yob Nation’, ‘Parent Power’, ‘Working The System -- How To Get The Very Best State Education for Your Child’, and a novel about school, ‘The Last Day Of Term’. His first book, ‘I'm A Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here’ was a big hit, becoming a bestseller and being serialised on Radio 4. In his role as an English teacher, he has taught many classic texts over the years and has developed a great many resources to assist readers with understanding, appreciating and responding to them both analytically and creatively. This led him to set up his own small publishing company FGI Publishing ( which has published his study guides as well as a number of books by other authors, including Roger Titcombe’s ‘Learning Matters’ and anthology of creative writing 'The Gold Room'. He is the co-founder, with Melissa Benn and Fiona Millar, of The Local Schools Network,, a blog that celebrates non-selective state schools, and has his own website, He has appeared numerous times on radio and TV, including Newsnight, the Today Programme, Woman’s Hour and the Russell Brand Show. In June 2015, he was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing and Education by Goldsmiths.
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