Could You Be Shakespeare?

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William Shakespeare Quizzes & Trivia

Many anti-Shakespearians argue that Shakespeare's plays contain historical, literary, philosophical, and theological references only a highly educated nobleman in Elizabethan England would be educated enough to write. Do you have what it takes to write Hamlet or Twelfth Night? Take our quiz to find out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is the Ides of March?
    • A. 

      An 11th century war in the Byzantine empire

    • B. 

      A pagan festival celebrated in northern England

    • C. 

      March 15

  • 2. 
    With whom does the legend of Leir, an 8th century king of the Britons, originate?
    • A. 

      Geoffrey Chaucer

    • B. 

      Geoffrey of Monmouth

    • C. 

      Geoffrey Plantagenet, Duke of Normandy

  • 3. 
    The War of the Roses was a dynastic war between which two houses for the English throne?
    • A. 

      York and Lancaster

    • B. 

      Stark and Targaryen

    • C. 

      Tudor and Windsor

  • 4. 
    Where is Illyria located?
    • A. 

      The Scottish highlands

    • B. 

      A Mediterranean island

    • C. 

      Modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • 5. 
    The sonnet was created in which country?
    • A. 

      France

    • B. 

      Italy

    • C. 

      England

  • 6. 
    Which classical comedy is about twins mistaken for each other?
    • A. 

      Plautus' Menaechmi

    • B. 

      Aristophanes' Lysistrata

    • C. 

      Meander's Dyskolos

  • 7. 
    Pyramus is to Thisbe as Theseus is to...
    • A. 

      Miranda

    • B. 

      Hippolyta

    • C. 

      Athena

  • 8. 
    "There is no ancient gentelmen but gard'ners, ditchers, and grave-makers. They hold up Adam's profession." These lines from Hamlet refer to which poetic work?
    • A. 

      Historia Anglicana (Thomas Walsingham)

    • B. 

      The Shepheardes Calendar (Edmund Spenser)

    • C. 

      Of The Passioun of Christ (William Dunbar)

  • 9. 
    Which of the following is not a practice for training falcons in the ancient sport of falconry?
    • A. 

      Depriving the bird of food

    • B. 

      Depriving the bird of light

    • C. 

      Depriving the bird of sleep