The Ultimate William Shakespeare Quiz!

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The Ultimate William Shakespeare Quiz!

Coverage: The William Shakespeare Quiz tests your knowledge concerning the famous English playwright William Shakespeare. The questions of this quiz are craftily compiled and will enable you to gauge how well you know about Shakespeare's life and works. So, let's take it!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When was Shakespeare born?
    • A. 

      1565

    • B. 

      1564

    • C. 

      1568

    • D. 

      1563

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      46

    • B. 

      50

    • C. 

      37

    • D. 

      25

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

      154

    • B. 

      175

    • C. 

      101

    • D. 

      222

  • 4. 
    • 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. 
    • A. 

      Italy

    • B. 

      Venice

    • C. 

      New York

    • D. 

      Stratford-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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • A. 

      King Lear

    • B. 

      Julius Caesar

    • C. 

      Much Ado About Nothing

    • D. 

      The Merchant of Venice

  • 15. 
    • 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. 
    • 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