William Shakespeare Quiz

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  • 1. 
    When was Shakespeare born?
    • A. 

      1565

    • B. 

      1564

    • C. 

      1568

    • D. 

      1563


  • 2. 
    How many Plays did Shakespeare write?
    • A. 

      46

    • B. 

      50

    • C. 

      37

    • D. 

      25


  • 3. 
    How many Sonnets did Shakespeare write?
    • A. 

      154

    • B. 

      175

    • C. 

      101

    • D. 

      222


  • 4. 
    Who said, "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"
    • A. 

      Julius

    • B. 

      Caesar

    • C. 

      Juliet

    • D. 

      Mary Arden


  • 5. 
    "To be or not to be" is a quote from:
    • A. 

      King Lear

    • B. 

      Richard III

    • C. 

      Julius Caesar

    • D. 

      Hamlet


  • 6. 
    Where was Shakespeare born?
    • A. 

      Italy

    • B. 

      Venice

    • C. 

      New York

    • D. 

      Startford-upon-Avon


  • 7. 
    The movie Shakespeare in Love is a true story.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 8. 
    Which of the following words were invented by Shakespeare?
    • A. 

      Assassination

    • B. 

      Bump

    • C. 

      Puke

    • D. 

      Distort


  • 9. 
    "A horse! A horse! My kingdom of a horse!" is a quote from:
    • A. 

      King Richard III

    • B. 

      The Merchant of Venice

    • C. 

      The Merry Wives of Windsor

    • D. 

      As You Like it


  • 10. 
    "Men of few words are the best" is a quote from:
    • A. 

      King Richard III

    • B. 

      The merry Wives of Venice

    • C. 

      Measure for Measure

    • D. 

      None of the above


  • 11. 
    Shakespeare died on:
    • A. 

      April 23, 1616

    • B. 

      August 23, 1614

    • C. 

      July 23, 1617

    • D. 

      April 26, 1600


  • 12. 
    Who was the ghost in Hamlet?
    • A. 

      Claudius

    • B. 

      Hamlet

    • C. 

      King of Denmark

    • D. 

      Queen of Denmark


  • 13. 
    Who called William Shakespeare "An upstart crow?"
    • A. 

      Robert Laffan

    • B. 

      Annat Jolianna

    • C. 

      Robert Greene

    • D. 

      Lucrence


  • 14. 
    Cassius, Portia, and Octavius are the characters of:
    • A. 

      King Lear

    • B. 

      Hamlet

    • C. 

      Much Ado About Nothing

    • D. 

      The Merchant of Venice


  • 15. 
    "Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once." This is an extract from:
    • A. 

      King Lear

    • B. 

      Hamlet

    • C. 

      Julius Caesar

    • D. 

      The Merchant of Venice


  • 16. 
    _____________ is Shakespeare's shortest play.
    • A. 

      Antony and Cleopatra

    • B. 

      Macbeth

    • C. 

      Julius Caesar

    • D. 

      The Comedy of Errors


  • 17. 
    _____________ is Shakespeare's longest play.
    • A. 

      Winter's Tale

    • B. 

      Macbeth

    • C. 

      Hamlet

    • D. 

      The Comedy of Errors


  • 18. 
    Shakespeare was the father of ________ children.
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4


  • 19. 
    Shakespeare was one of the founding members of The Lord Chamberlain's Men.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 20. 
    Which of the following statements are correct?
    • A. 

      "If music be the food of love, play on..." is the opening line of The Comedy of Errors

    • B. 

      "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day…" is an extract from Sonnet 18

    • C. 

      Shakespeare was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford

    • D. 

      All of the above


  • 21. 
    Which of the following is reckoned as Shakespeare's first comedy?
    • A. 

      The Comedy of Errors

    • B. 

      All's Well That Ends Well

    • C. 

      Much Ado About Nothing

    • D. 

      Twelfth Night


  • 22. 
    Which of the following Plays constitute Shakespeare's Histories?
    • A. 

      King Henry VIII

    • B. 

      King John

    • C. 

      Richard II

    • D. 

      Richard III

    • E. 

      All of the above


  • 23. 
    Which of the following Plays constitute Shakespeare's Tragedies?
    • A. 

      Timon of Athens

    • B. 

      Titus Andronicus

    • C. 

      Midsummer Night's Dream

    • D. 

      Winter's Tale


  • 24. 
    Which of the following Plays constitute Shakespeare's Comedies?
    • A. 

      Measure for Measure

    • B. 

      Merchant of Venice

    • C. 

      Merry Wives of Windsor

    • D. 

      Coriolanus


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