Books Quiz - Author - William Shakespeare 3 (Questions)

The Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, was an actor, a poet and a playwright. His works provide us with an insight into late 16th and early 17th Century society. They can also make us laugh, cry or recoil in horror. This is the third of our 4 quizzes on the life and works of possibly the greatest dramatist of all time.

Shakespeare’s first poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece, were published in 1593 and 1594 and it is thought that he wrote most of his sonnets around the same time. His first plays appear in 1594 with such well known titles as A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet soon becoming hits. His success brought wealth and in 1597 he bought New Place, a large house in Stratford.

How well do you know the life and works of William Shakespeare? Find out by playing this, the third of 4 fun quizzes!

1. What was Shakespeare's mother's maiden name?
[ ] Mary Afton
[ ] Mary Arden
[ ] Mary Auden
[ ] Mary Avon
2. Apart from Romeo and Juliet, in which other play does a character named Juliet appear?
[ ] All's Well That Ends Well
[ ] As You Like It
[ ] Love's Labour's Lost
[ ] Measure for Measure
3. Queen Elinor is the mother of which title character?
[ ] Hamlet
[ ] King John
[ ] Henry V
[ ] Richard II
4. In The Taming of the Shrew, what is Christopher Sly's profession?
[ ] Baker
[ ] Brewer
[ ] Tailor
[ ] Tinker
5. In the opening scene of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Valentine is leaving Verona to visit where?
[ ] Milan
[ ] Rome
[ ] Turin
[ ] Venice
6. In Julius Caesar, Portia is wife to whom?
[ ] Brutus
[ ] Cassius
[ ] Cicero
[ ] Flavius
7. What was the name of Shakespeare's eldest child, born six months after his marriage to Anne Hathaway?
[ ] Samantha
[ ] Sarah
[ ] Stephanie
[ ] Susanna
8. In Hamlet, what is the name of the sentry who speaks the opening line?
[ ] Barnardo
[ ] Francisco
[ ] Horatio
[ ] Marcellus
9. What was the first name of Shakespeare's younger brother, who became an actor?
[ ] Edgar
[ ] Edmund
[ ] Edward
[ ] Edwin
10. Virgilia is the wife of which title character?
[ ] Coriolanus
[ ] Cymbeline
[ ] Pericles
[ ] Timon of Athens

 

Books Quiz - Author - William Shakespeare 3 (Answers)
1. What was Shakespeare's mother's maiden name?
[ ] Mary Afton
[x] Mary Arden
[ ] Mary Auden
[ ] Mary Avon
Mary Arden's House still stands in Wilmcote, near Stratord-upon-Avon
2. Apart from Romeo and Juliet, in which other play does a character named Juliet appear?
[ ] All's Well That Ends Well
[ ] As You Like It
[ ] Love's Labour's Lost
[x] Measure for Measure
She is Claudio's pregnant lover
3. Queen Elinor is the mother of which title character?
[ ] Hamlet
[x] King John
[ ] Henry V
[ ] Richard II
She is based on Eleanor of Aquitane
4. In The Taming of the Shrew, what is Christopher Sly's profession?
[ ] Baker
[ ] Brewer
[ ] Tailor
[x] Tinker
A drunkard, Christopher Sly is a minor character in the play
5. In the opening scene of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Valentine is leaving Verona to visit where?
[x] Milan
[ ] Rome
[ ] Turin
[ ] Venice
Valentine is going to Milan to broaden his horizons. He asks his friend, Proteus, to come with him, but ends up going alone
6. In Julius Caesar, Portia is wife to whom?
[x] Brutus
[ ] Cassius
[ ] Cicero
[ ] Flavius
Portia is based on a real woman, Porcia Catonis, who was the daughter of Cato the Younger and the second wife of Marcus Junius Brutus
7. What was the name of Shakespeare's eldest child, born six months after his marriage to Anne Hathaway?
[ ] Samantha
[ ] Sarah
[ ] Stephanie
[x] Susanna
When Shakespeare died in 1616, he left most of his estate to Susanna. She lived to be 66 years old
8. In Hamlet, what is the name of the sentry who speaks the opening line?
[x] Barnardo
[ ] Francisco
[ ] Horatio
[ ] Marcellus
The line is 'Who's there?'
9. What was the first name of Shakespeare's younger brother, who became an actor?
[ ] Edgar
[x] Edmund
[ ] Edward
[ ] Edwin
Edmund followed his brother to London for a career on the stage, but sadly he died when he was just 27 years old
10. Virgilia is the wife of which title character?
[x] Coriolanus
[ ] Cymbeline
[ ] Pericles
[ ] Timon of Athens
Coriolanus was a legendary Roman general, said to have lived in the 5th Century BC