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Author - William Shakespeare 4
The poem, The Phoenix and the Turtle, is about a turtle dove like the one in this painting by Sophie Gengembre Anderson.

Author - William Shakespeare 4

William Shakespeare is a name known the world over - even now, 400 years after his death. Some of his works, Hamlet for example or King Lear, are studied in classrooms from Alaska to India and enjoyed in theatres across the globe. This is the last in our set of 4 quizzes on the literary legend that is William Shakespeare.

By the end of the 16th Century Shakespeare was a well-established poet and playwright. He even performed some of his plays before Queen Elizabeth I. In 1602 his continuing success allowed him to move to Silver Street, where he wrote Hamlet and Macbeth. Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford where he died on the 23rd of April 1616 at the age of 52.

See how much you know about the life and works of perhaps the greatest English writer and certainly the most renowned playwright, William Shakespeare in this, the last of four fun quizzes!

1.
Who are the title characters in The Two Gentlemen of Verona?
Valentine and Proteus
Verlaine and Prospero
Victor and Princip
Vincent and Priam
The two friends both fall in love with the same woman
2.
What is Nick Bottom's profession in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
Blacksmith
Carpenter
Cobbler
Weaver
Bottom is the comic relief during the play
3.
What is the name of Hamlet's mother?
Gertrude
Ophelia
Portia
Sylvia
Ophelia is his girlfriend
4.
What is Juliet's surname?
Caprotti
Capstick
Capuchin
Capulet
The Capulet family in Romeo and Juliet is named after a 13th century Italian political faction, the Capuleti
5.
Troilus and Cressida is set during which war?
Corinthian War
Macedonian War
Punic War
Trojan War
Troilus is a Trojan prince
6.
The Rogers and Hart musical The Boys From Syracuse was adapted from which Shakespeare comedy?
All's Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Measure for Measure
The Comedy of Errors was itself based on The Twin Brothers, a play by the ancient Roman, Plautus
7.
What is the title of Shakespeare's 1601 allegorical poem about the death of ideal love?
The Dragon and the Turtle
The Fairy and the Turtle
The Phoenix and the Turtle
The Sphinx and the Turtle
The turtle in the poem is actually a turtle dove rather than an aquatic reptile!
8.
In The Merchant of Venice, how much does Shylock lend Antonio?
Three thousand crowns
Three thousand ducats
Three thousand lire
Three thousand shekels
Shylock names a pound of Antonio's flesh as security for the loan
9.
Flaminius and Servilius are servants to which Shakespeare title character?
Cymbeline
Julius Caesar
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
The play tells the story of a well-loved and generous Athenian who spends his entire wealth on others
10.
Which historical rebel leader appears in Henry VI, Part 2?
John Ball
John Cade
Jack Straw
Wat Tyler
Cade led a revolt of Kentish peasants in 1450

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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