Books Quiz - Author - William Shakespeare 2 (Questions)

This is the second in our series of 4 quizzes on the English national poet, William Shakespeare – the creator of some of literature’s most iconic characters. From his villainous version of Richard III to the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s creations have endured in his readers’ minds for 100s of years.

William Shakespeare sought his fortune in London, leaving his family in Stratford, and began working in the theatre. He became well known as an actor and playwright and was also one of the managing partners of the Lord Chamberlain's Company, whose actors included the famous Richard Burbage and whose theatres included the Globe and the Blackfriars. A critic at the time called Shakespeare an “upstart Crow”. William Shakespeare was clearly becoming a household name.

How well do you know the life and works of William Shakespeare? Test yourself in this, the second of 4 fun quizzes!

1. Which Shakespearian character has three daughters called Regan, Goneril and Cordelia?
[ ] King Lear
[ ] Macbeth
[ ] Othello
[ ] Titus Andronicus
2. Hamlet is a prince of which country?
[ ] Denmark
[ ] Finland
[ ] Norway
[ ] Sweden
3. In Romeo and Juliet, what is Romeo's surname?
[ ] Montague
[ ] Montgomery
[ ] Montmorency
[ ] Montpelier
4. In which English county is Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon?
[ ] Gloucestershire
[ ] Oxfordshire
[ ] Warwickshire
[ ] Wiltshire
5. What is the name of the weaver in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
[ ] Nick Bates
[ ] Nick Bones
[ ] Nick Bottom
[ ] Nick Butt
6. The Tom Stoppard play Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead features two characters from which Shakespeare play?
[ ] Antony and Cleopatra
[ ] Hamlet
[ ] King John
[ ] Troilus and Cressida
7. Which battle is depicted in the play Richard III?
[ ] Agincourt
[ ] Bosworth Field
[ ] Crecy
[ ] Marston Moor
8. What is the name of Prospero's deformed slave in The Tempest?
[ ] Caliban
[ ] Gonzalo
[ ] Stephano
[ ] Sycorax
9. Titus Andronicus is a Roman general just returned from a ten-year campaign against whom?
[ ] The Gauls
[ ] The Goths
[ ] The Huns
[ ] The Vandals
10. Who played the title role in the 1944 film adaptation of Henry V?
[ ] John Gielgud
[ ] Alec Guinness
[ ] Laurence Olivier
[ ] Ralph Richardson

 

Books Quiz - Author - William Shakespeare 2 (Answers)
1. Which Shakespearian character has three daughters called Regan, Goneril and Cordelia?
[x] King Lear
[ ] Macbeth
[ ] Othello
[ ] Titus Andronicus
Cordelia is the honest one
2. Hamlet is a prince of which country?
[x] Denmark
[ ] Finland
[ ] Norway
[ ] Sweden
Shakespeare's Hamlet is based on the Viking legend of Prince Amleth
3. In Romeo and Juliet, what is Romeo's surname?
[x] Montague
[ ] Montgomery
[ ] Montmorency
[ ] Montpelier
The story tells of a feud between two families - the Montagues and the Capulets
4. In which English county is Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon?
[ ] Gloucestershire
[ ] Oxfordshire
[x] Warwickshire
[ ] Wiltshire
The Royal Shakespeare Company resides in Stratford-upon-Avon's Royal Shakespeare Theatre
5. What is the name of the weaver in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
[ ] Nick Bates
[ ] Nick Bones
[x] Nick Bottom
[ ] Nick Butt
He has his head transfomed into that of an ass
6. The Tom Stoppard play Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead features two characters from which Shakespeare play?
[ ] Antony and Cleopatra
[x] Hamlet
[ ] King John
[ ] Troilus and Cressida
They are Hamlet's childhood friends
7. Which battle is depicted in the play Richard III?
[ ] Agincourt
[x] Bosworth Field
[ ] Crecy
[ ] Marston Moor
It's the battle in which Richard lost his life and the English throne was usurped by Henry Tudor
8. What is the name of Prospero's deformed slave in The Tempest?
[x] Caliban
[ ] Gonzalo
[ ] Stephano
[ ] Sycorax
Sycorax the witch, an unseen character, is his mother
9. Titus Andronicus is a Roman general just returned from a ten-year campaign against whom?
[ ] The Gauls
[x] The Goths
[ ] The Huns
[ ] The Vandals
Titus Andronicus is a violent and bloody play, and is also Shakespeare's first tragedy
10. Who played the title role in the 1944 film adaptation of Henry V?
[ ] John Gielgud
[ ] Alec Guinness
[x] Laurence Olivier
[ ] Ralph Richardson
The full title of the film was The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France. This was the title of the 1600 edition of the play