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The Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz

The Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz

William Shakespeare is widely acknowledged as the greatest writer in the English language. So the only fitting way to truly honour his legacy is a truly English endeavour: a good old quiz.

How well do you know your William? Are you brainy about the Bard?

Take our quiz and find out.

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The Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz

Answers

1. April 23 – St George’s Day

2. A cannon shot set fire to the wooden beams during a performance of Henry VIII

3. The Comedy of Errors

4. Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing

5. His second best bed

6. 13

7. A curse to prevent anyone digging up his remains

8. Shoreditch

9. Nincompoop

10. Uranus

11. Better The Devil You Know

12. Milan

13. Eye of Iguana

14. Ariel

15. Cymbeline

16. Henry VII

17. Samuel Pepys

18. 154

19. Pathetic Fallacy

20. The Taj Mahal was built

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Known as England’s greatest playwright he fittingly died on which date?

Question 1 of 20

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How did his Globe Theatre burn down in 1613?

Question 2 of 20

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What is his shortest play?

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Which two Shakespeare plays have been translated into Klingon?

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What was the only item he left his wife, Anne Hathaway, in his will?

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How many times does suicide figure in his plays?

Question 6 of 20

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What did he have engraved on his tomb?

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Ever the trendsetter, some of his earliest plays, including Romeo and Juliet and Henry V, were performed in which hip London enclave?

Question 8 of 20

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Shakespeare invented over 1700 words during the course of his writing. However, which of these did he NOT create?

Question 9 of 20

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Which planet's satellites are named after Shakespearean characters?

Question 10 of 20

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Shakespeare was also fond of a turn of phrase. But which of these did he NOT invent?

Question 11 of 20

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Of what Italian City is The Tempest's Prospero a Duke?

Question 12 of 20

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Which of these is NOT an ingredient in the Witches' Brew in Macbeth?

Question 13 of 20

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Which of these fairies did NOT appear in A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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Shakespeare frequently set plays in Italy: The Merchant of Venice, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Julius Caesar being obvious examples. But which of these was also partly set in Italy?

Question 15 of 20

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Which of these Henrys did Shakespeare NOT write about?

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Whose opinion of Romeo & Juliet was that "it is a play of itself the worst that I ever heard in my life."

Question 17 of 20

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How many sonnets did Shakespeare compose in his lifetime?

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Which dramatic technique is used extensively in The Tempest?

Question 19 of 20

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Shakespeare lived through a great many huge historical events. But which of these did not happen while the Bard was alive?

Question 20 of 20

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