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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The Two Couples

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What is the dramatic purpose of the Fairy King and Queen mentioning the mortal king and queen, Theseus and Hippolyta?

A

To give a reason for the initial conflict between Titania and Oberon: infidelity.

B

To show a connection between the two royal couples so that each setting has its nobles.

C

To explain the final blessing that Oberon gives the lovers in the final act.

D

To give a reason for Titania's refusal to give Oberon the Indian boy as a page.

E

To show the connection between the mortals and the fairies: the natural with the supernatural.