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Shakespeare Quiz SHAKESPEARE QUIZ

THE ANSWERS


 

1. Which of the following phrases appear in Shakespeare?

        a. The Holy Bible
        b. The Holy Ghost
        c. Ten Thousand Dollars**

2. Which of the following words appear in Shakespeare?

        a. Sick**
        b. Trash**
        c. Swine**

3. Which of the following plays were written by Shakespeare?

        a. King Edward II
        b. Cardenio**
        c. Love's Labour's Won**

4. In The Merchant of Venice, which character is 'The Merchant'?

        a. Shylock
        b. Bassanio
        c. Antonio**

5. In which play does the phrase "A stage, where every man must play a part" appear?

        a. The Merchant of Venice**
        b. Coriolanus
        c. As You Like It

6. Which play is set partly in Cyprus?

        a. Antony and Cleopatra
        b. Othello**
        c. The Tempest

7. Which play includes the characters Elbow, Froth and Mistress Overdone?

        a. King Henry IV, Part 2
        b. The Taming of the Shrew
        c. Measure for Measure**

8. Which of the following words were apparently first used by  Shakespeare?

        a. Barefaced**
        b. Leapfrog**
        c. Obscene**

9. Which of the following phrases were apparently invented by     Shakespeare?

        a. Play fast and loose**
        b. The be-all and end-all**
        c. Many a mickle makes a muckle

10. Which of the following idiomatic phrases were apparently invented by Shakespeare?

        a. Backing a horse**
        b. Fronting a deal
        c. Sidling away from danger

11. When Hamlet was first produced at The Globe, Richard Burbage played the title role. Which part did Shakespeare play?

        a. Polonius
        b. Ophelia
        c. The Ghost of Hamlet's father**

12. The first custom-built theatre in England was constructed in 1576. What was its name?

        a. The Globe
        b. The Curtain
        c. The Theatre**

13. In his long epitaph, the playwright Ben Jonson referred to Shakespeare as:

        a. Sweet Swan of Avon**
        b. Sweet Lark of London
        c. Sweet Bird of Youth

14. The dying and embittered playwright Richard Green, parodying a line from King Henry VI, referred to Shakespeare as:

        a. A "Tiger's heart, wrapt in a Player's hide"**
        b. A "Writer's heart, wrapped in a Tiger's hide"
        c. "Something rotten in the state of England"

15. The Head of State of which country has been reported as claiming that Shakespeare was his compatriot?

       a. The United States
       b. Libya**
       c. Papua New Guinea
 

1998 Quiz composed by Peter Noel for The Barcelona Review

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