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1

What legend is King Lear based on

The legend of Leir of Britain, a mythical pre-Roman Celtic King recounted by Geoffrey of Monmouth

2


What is the name of Romeo's cousin and best friend

Benvolio

 

Romeo's other buddy is Mercutio

3


What does Henry V do before Agincourt

Delivers his famous St Crispin's Day speech

4


What was the first written poem thought to be by Shakespeare

Venus and Adonis, published in 1593

5


Who is the love match in The Tempest

Ferdinand son of the King of Naples and Miranda, Prospero's daughter

6


What is the name of the Danish Royal Castle in Hamlet

Elsinore

7


From what play is the quote

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, rounded with a little sleep"

The Tempest

8


Shylock wants a pound of flesh, which the court grants, but what is the quibble

They say he can remove the flesh but not the blood, and the amount must be absolutely exact

9

From what play is the quote

"But love is blind, and lovers cannot see"

The Merchant of Venice

10


Fron what play is the quote "This is the short and the long of it"

The Merry Wives of Windsor

11


From which play are the quotes

"He will give the devil his due"

"The better part of valour is discretion"

Henry IV part I

12


Who wrote The Faerie Queene

Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

read in some ways as a praise to QE1

 

13


In what play was Shakespeare's last reported acting role

Ben Jonson's Sejanus

14


On what is the play 'All's well that ends well' based

a tale in Boccaccio's 'The Decameron'

15


Who is the wild beast man on Prospero's island

Caliban, a son of a demon who first tried to rape Miranda but was bought into Prospero's service

16


What were names of Shakespeare's children

Susanna, born in 1583 (lived until 66)

Twins Judith [77] and Hamnet [died at nearly 12] (1585)

17

Who hailed Shakespeare as "not of an age, but for all time"

Ben Jonson in the preface to the First Folio

18


Which of Shakespeare's play has the smallest cast

The Two Gentleman of Verona

19

Who does Hamlet tell to get to a nunnery

Ophelia

 

20


What is the name of Hamlet's uncle (the main villain) and his Lord Chamberlain

Claudius, King of Denmark

Polonius

21


What were names of Shakespeare's parents

John and Mary

22


Whose family does Macbeth have wiped out

Macduff

23


Edward III has been claimed to have been partly written by Shakespeare.  Who is the other supposed author

Thomas Kyd

24


Who is Romeo's love at the beginning of Romeo and Juliet

Rosaline

25


Why does Shylock want revenge on Christians

His daughter Jessica eloped with a Christian, Lorenzo, with a lot of his cash

26


What is the principal subject of Julius Caesar

The 44BC conspiracy agaist JC

27


 What was the period of life William Shakespeare

1564-1616

Although it is not known for certain he is assumed (and celebrated) to have been born on 23rd April [he was baptised on the 26th April]

He also dies on the 23rd April

28


Who was the daughter of Hermione, for a time disowned by her father Leontes

Perdita

29


From which play is the quote

"If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"

The Merchant of Venice

30


Which theatre group does Shakespeare join in around 1594

The Lord Chamberlain's Men, featuring actors Richard Burbage and Will Kemp

31


Who has his head turned into that of a donkey

Nick Bottom

32


Who is the rich heiress who acts as a judge in The Merchant of Venice

Portia

33


Where is the setting of Twelfth Night

Illyria, an ancient region of the Adriatic Sea covering Albania, Croatia and Montenegro

34


From what play is the quote ""Cry "Havoc," and let slip the dogs of war""

Julius Caesar

35

Who was Macbeth

A General in the army of King Duncan

36

What is the name of the 'Gentlemen' in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Proteus and Valentine

 

The two important women in the play are Silvia and Julia

37


In what play does the quote "The Lady doth protest too much, methinks"

Hamlet

38


On what is the plot of Anthony and Cleopatra based

Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's 'Lives'

39


What plays were Shakespeare's first Tetralogy

The Henry VI [3 books] and Richard III

 

 

40

How did Claudius kill his brother King Hamlet

Poured poison in his ear

41


From what play is the quote

"Can one desire too much of a good thing?"

As You Like It

42


Which play refers to the "band of brothers"

Henry V

43

From what play is the quote
"I will wear my heart upon my sleeve for daws to peck at"

Othello

44


What is the rose quote from Romeo and Juliet

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"

45


Where does Henry V say "Once more unto the breach, dear friends"

Siege of Harleur

46


From what play is the quote "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown"

Henry IV Part II

47


What was Shakespeare's first tragedy

Titus Andronicus

48


What is the alternative title for the play Henry VIII

All is true

49


From what play is the quote "For ever and a day"

As you like it

50


What is the 'to be or not be' speech about

Hamlet contemplating suicide

51

Who may have cooperatied with Shakespeare on Timon of Athens

Thomas Middleton

52


In what year does the Globe Theatre Open, and in what year does it burn down [first]

1599

&

1613 (although it is rebuilt and reopens the next year)

53


What does Othello due to Desdemona

Smoothers her after being tricked into believing she had been adulterous to him

He later kills himself before he can be arrested

54

Who is Yorick, and why is he a skull

Hamlet and his friend Horatio at the site being prepared for Ophelia's burial and one of the gravediggers unearths the skull of a jester Hamlet once know, called Yorik

55

When is Twelfth Night

5th January

Twelfth Day [Epiphany] is actually on the 6th

The night was considered part of the day after, so incidentally Christmas eve is actually a contraction of Christmas evening

56


What play is based on the love of orphan Helena for the son [Bertram] of Countess of Rousillon, who has taken her in.

He's not that interested, but she persists and gets him to buy into it in the end

As You Like It

57


What is the focus of the play Henry VIII

The downfall of Wolsey and the affair between Henry and Anne Boleyn

58


Who coined the term Bardolatry

George Bernard Shaw about the Victorian worship of Shakespeare

59

Who kills Macbeth

Macduff (who'd had his whole family killed by Macbeth) - he carries Macbeth's head on stage

60


Cardenio, the lost play was known to be based on what

An episode in Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote, involving Cardenio a man who had been driven mad

61


Which Shakespeare is about a King and noubles who decide to abstain from women for three years of study

Love Labour's Lost

King Ferdinany, and his boys Biron, Longueville and Dumaine

62


Who is the main heroine in Cymbeline

Imogen

63


From what play is the quote ""We have seen better days"

Timon of Athens

64


What source does Shakespeare use as the source for most of his history plays, the plot of Macbeth, and for portions of King Lear and Cymbeline.

Holinshed's Chronicles

65


Who is the rightful Duke of Milan hiding on a remote island

Prospero, with his daughter Miranda

66


Under whose reign is the play "The Two Noble Kinsmen" set

Under Theseus and Hippolya of Athens

67


Who and when does Shakespeare marry

1582 (at the age of 18), he marries Anne Hathaway (aged 26) at Temple Grafton, a village near Stratford

68


Between what years did John Fletcher live

1579-1625

He collaborated on three plays and wrote a sequal to The Taming of the Shrew called The Woman's Prize of the Tamer Tamed.

He also took on Shakespeare's role with the King's Men after Shakespeare died

69


How does Ophelia die

Ophelia climbed into a willow tree, and then a branch broke and dropped her into the brook, where she drowned

70


What is the other name for Twelfth Night

What you Will

71


From which play is the quote "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers"

Henry VI part II

72


From what play is the quote "Whay, then the world's mine oyster"

The Merry Wives of Windsor

73

Who are the twins at the centre of the play 'The Comedy of Errors'

Antipholus of Ephesus

Antipholus of Syracuse

74


What is the name of Prospero's magic fairy

Ariel

75

Who is the daughter of Polonius

Ophelia

76


From what play is the quote "Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness."

Macbeth

77


Who is the nasty Deputy (and strict judge) in Measure for Measure

Angelo

78

What is the time period covered in Anthony and Cleopatra

The time of the Sicilian revolt to Cleopatra's suicide

79


The Witches in Macbeth prophesised that Macbeth's friend and general Banquo's descendant would be king.  Macbeth therefore had Banquo killed, but the witches prophecy came true - how

King James VI was supposedly a descendant of Banque

80


Who are King Lear's daughters

Cordelia (the youngest and the  good one)

Regan

Goneril

81

What are considered Shakespeare's first plays

The Henry VI series (1590-91), but there are other claimants, such as the Two Gentleman of Verona

82


Who takes a lone from Shylock, and who covers the lone

Bassanio takes the lone

Antonio - the Merchant of Venice covers it

83


From what play are the quotes

"The game is up."

&

"I have not slept one wink."

Cymbeline

84


On what story was Othello based

A Moorish Captain by Cinthio a disciple of Boccaccio

85


From which play is the quote "He thinks too much: such men are dangerous"

Julius Caesar

86


Who is the real driving force behind Macbeth's killing Duncan and taking the throne

Lady Macbeth, but she later gets racked with guilt over their murderous tyranny and kills herself

87


From what play is the quote "Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them"

Twelfth Night

88

From what play is the quote "As good luck would have it"

The Merry Wives of Windsor

89


Where and when is the play Troilus and Cressida set, and who are they

The Trojan War

Troilus is a son of the Trojan King Priam

Cressida is a daughter of a Trojan Priest Calchas - who has defected to the Greeks

90


In what three plays do you find Sir John Falstaff

Henry IV parts I & II, and The Merry Vives of Windsor

91


What is his shortes play

The Comedy of Errors

92

The King's Men took on  21year lease of London's first permanently enclosed theatre in 1608. What was it called

The Blackfriars Theatre

93


From what play is this quote "He hath eaten me out of house and home"

Henry IV Part II

94


What are the plays co-authored with John Fletcher

The History of Cardenio (aka Cardenio) - the lost play

Henry VIII

The Two Noble Kinsman

95


What is the full "Friends, Romans..." quote in Julius Ceasar

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him"

96


What is a Shakespearean (English) Sonnet

14 lines written in Iambic pentameter in a pattern

the pattern is typically

a-b-a-b , c-d-c-d, e-f,e-f, g-g

 

 

 

97


From what play is the quote "The course of true love never did run smooth"

A Midsummer Night's Dream

98


Who are the: wife, lieutenant and 'trusted ensign/bad guy' in Othello

Desdemona,

Cassio

and Iago

99


From what play is the quote ""How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!"

King Lear

100


What is the Greatness speech from Twelfth Night

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them"

101


What is the overall plot of Henry IV part II

The divergent lives of Prince Hal and Falstaff, as Hal rejects his past and becomes King

102


Who are the two lead characters in the play The Taming of the Shrew

Katherina and Petruchio (a gentleman of Verona)

103


What is an Iambic pentameter

The term describes the rhythm that words establish in a line.

The Iambic is the 'feet' [small groups of sylables'] whilst the pentameter refers to the fact there are five such feet in a line

e.g. da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum

The da is usually a word like 'to' or 'the' etc, or the beat can be caused by degree of stress on syllables of longer words

 

104


Which play derives from "The Knight's Tale" in The Canterbury Tales

The Two Noble Kinsmen

105

What is the name of the musical and Burton Taylor film based on The Taming of the Shrew

What is the name of the Heath Ledger film loosely based on the play

Kiss Me, Kate

10 Things I Hate About You

106


What is the love triangle in the comedy Twelfth Night

Orsino, The Duke of Illyria has convinced himself he loves Olivia

Shipwrecked Viola desguised as a eunuch Cesario falls for Orsino

Olivia falls for Cesario (Viola in disguise) - and then Sebastian (Viola's twin) when he pitches up

107


Who is the heroine in As You Like It

Rosalind

108


What is the name of Hamlet's mother and father

King Hamlet

Queen Gertrude

109

Who is involved in an incestuous relationship in Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Antiochus - king of Antioch and his daughter

110


Between what years did Thomas Kyd live, and what was his connection with Shakespeare and what were his important works

1558-1594

Contreversially he may have written a Hamlet play pre dating Shakespeare.  He may also have collaborated on Edward III

His great work was The Spanish Tragedy

111


Who is John Falstaff

A fat, old drunk and corrupt knight, but Young Hal's (later Henry V's) drinking buddy

112


Who are the young couple who cause all the trouble in Measure for Measure

Claudio and Juliet

113

Who's speech is quoted by Kenneth Branagh playing Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the London 2012 Olympics

Caliban's monologue from Act 3, scene ii of The Tempest

114


From which play is the quote "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.  They have their exits and their entrances; And on man in his time plays many parts"

As You Like It

115


What are Shakespeare's two longest plays

Hamlet

Richard III

116

What is the particular connection between the play Henry VIII and The Glove theatre

A shot employed for effects in the play set fire to the theatres thatched roof and burned it down in 1613

117


Between what years did Christopher Marlowe live

1564 (same year as Shakespeare) - 1593

He wrote six big plays

Tamburlaine the Great (parts one and two)

The Jew of Malta

Edward the Second

The Massacre at Paris

The Tragical Histoy of the Life and Death of Doctor Fausrus

He was reportedly killed in a drunken fight

118


From what play is the quote "What's done is done"

Macbeth

119

Where will you find the quote


"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date".

Sonnet 18

120


 Pistol is a comic character in which play

Henry V

121

Which revenge play is Shakespeare's bloodiest and most violent work -  a hit in its day, but less so since

Titus Andronicus

122


Who is the disguised duke [Duke of Vienna] in Measure for Measure

Vincentio

123


Who are the royalty in a Midsummer Night's Dream

Theseus [The founding hero of Athens] - Duke of Athens

Hippolyta - Queen of the Amazons and betrothed to Theseus

Oberon - King of the Fairies

Titania -Queen of the Fairies

124


Who possibly co-wrote Titus Andronicus

George Peele

125


Who are the two pairs of lovers, the subject of Much Ado About Nothing

Who is the Constable prone to malapropism

Benedick and Beatrice

Claudio and Hero

and malapropic Constable Dogberry

126


On what is the play Coriolanus based

The legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus

127


What do Hamlet and Macbeth have in common

They both had interactions with ghosts

128


What is the name of the narrative poem describing circumstances around the founding of the Roman Republic

The Rape of Lucrece (1594)

129


What word derives from the Italian word for "little song"

Sonnet -Shakespeare wrote 154 of them [not including those in his plays] - Sonnet 18 is particularly famous

 

130


Who is shipwrecked at the beginning of the play Twelfth Night

Viola and her twin brother Sebastian

131

From what play is the quote ""Neither a borrower nor a lender be"

Hamlet

132


In the Emma Thompson film what roles are played by Kate Beckinsale, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Keanu Reeves, and Michael Keaton

ET - Beatirce

KB - Benedick

KB - Hero

KR - Don John 'The Bastard Prince'

MK - Dogberry

133


James VI was a patron of the arts granting the Chamberlain's Men a patent to perform, so what did they do in return

renamed themselves the King's Men (1603)

134


What is the climax of the play Henry IV part I

The Battle of Shrewsbury where Prince Hal takes on a beats Henry 'Hotspur' Percy

135


what is the subtile of Othello

The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

136


Who is the jealous King in The Winter's Tale

King Leontes of Sicily,

jealous of his wife Hermione, who he thinks had an affair with his [fornmer] friend Polixenes, King of Bohemia

137


What 'modern' sci-fi film was based on The Tempest

Forbidden Planet

138


In which Ben Jonson play is Shakespeare credited as a principal actor

Every Man in his Humor

139


What play does Peter Quince perform for Theseus and Hipployta's wedding

Pyramus and Thisbe

140

Who are the Two Noble Kinsmen

Palamon and Arcite, nephews of the King of Thebes who are bound by duty to fight for the tyrant Creon

141


From what play is the quote ""‘T’is neither here nor there."

Othello

142


What is the name of the clownish servant of Proteus and his dog

Launce and his dog Crab.

143


Who is the Commander of the Volscian army who Coriolanus sides with for a time

Aufidius

144


Who is Ophelia's brother, who Hamlet fights

Laertes

145

Where, and in what era is Coriolanus set

In Rome shortly after the expulsion of the Tarquin kings

146


Between what years did Thomas Middleton live, and what was his connection to Shakespeare

What were his own plays

1580 - 1627

Middleton revised Shakespeare's Macbeth and Measure for Measure and may have collaborated with him on Timon of Athens

His own important works were

The Changeling, Women Beware Women and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside

147


In what years did the Plague close the theatres in London

1592,

1608-1610

148


From what play will you find the quote "But, for my own part, it was Greek to me"

Julius Ceasar

149


In what Shakespeare novel does Don Quixote appear

Cardenio - the lost play

150


Shakespeare wrote the narrative play The Phoenix and the .....

Turtle [altough this a reference to a turtledove not a turtle]

an allegorical poem about the death of love written in 1601

 

151


Which are Shakespeare's lost plays

Love Labours Won (although this might not be lost as it could be another name for another play)

Cardenio

152


Which cousin of Juliet does Romeo kill

Tybalt

because Tybalt killed Mercutio when Romeo tried to break up their duel

153

What plays made Shakespeare's second tetralogy

Richard II, Henry IV [2], Henry V

154


What was regarded as the first English national epic

Edmund Spenser's 'The Faerie Queene' (1590-6)