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William Shakespeare Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    On what date do we think Shakespeare was born?
    • A. 

      23 April 1564

    • B. 

      24 June 1564

    • C. 

      19 July 1564

    • D. 

      22 October 1564

  • 2. 
    What is Romeo's surname?
    • A. 

      Montague

    • B. 

      Capulet

    • C. 

      Tybalt

    • D. 

      Lawrence

  • 3. 
    On what date did Shakespeare die?
    • A. 

      23 April 1616

    • B. 

      24 June 1616

    • C. 

      19 July 1616

    • D. 

      22 October 1616

  • 4. 
    In which city is Hamlet set?
    • A. 

      Elsinore

    • B. 

      Copenhagen

    • C. 

      Wittenberg

    • D. 

      London

  • 5. 
    What was Shakespeare's wife's name?
    • A. 

      Anne Hathaway

    • B. 

      Mary Arden

    • C. 

      Elizabeth Arden

    • D. 

      Anne Hemmingway

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is a musical based on Romeo and Juliet?
    • A. 

      West Side Story

    • B. 

      Kiss Me Kate

    • C. 

      Cats

    • D. 

      Chicago

  • 7. 
    What did Shakespeare famously leave to his wife in his will?
    • A. 

      His second-best bed

    • B. 

      His second-best coat

    • C. 

      His second-best quill

    • D. 

      His second-best chair

  • 8. 
    Which of these is NOT the name of a Shakespeare comedy?
    • A. 

      Some Like It Hot

    • B. 

      All's Well That Ends Well

    • C. 

      As You Like It

    • D. 

      Much Ado About Nothing

  • 9. 
    In which play would you find the line, "Is this a dagger which I see before me"?
    • A. 

      Macbeth

    • B. 

      Hamlet

    • C. 

      Twelfth Night

    • D. 

      Henry V

  • 10. 
    Which of these is NOT a fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
    • A. 

      Tinkerbell

    • B. 

      Cobweb

    • C. 

      Mustardseed

    • D. 

      Moth

  • 11. 
    Complete the line: "Alas, poor Yorick…"
    • A. 

      I knew him, Horatio

    • B. 

      I knew him well

    • C. 

      He hath bore me on his back a thousand times

    • D. 

      Where be your gibes now?

  • 12. 
    What did Shakespeare's father do?
    • A. 

      Glove maker

    • B. 

      Shoe maker

    • C. 

      Playwright

    • D. 

      Farmer

  • 13. 
    In which play would you find the stage direction, "Exit, pursued by a bear"?
    • A. 

      The Winter's Tale

    • B. 

      The Tempest

    • C. 

      Pericles

    • D. 

      The Two Noble Kinsmen

  • 14. 
    Which of the following Henrys is NOT the subject of a history play by Shakespeare?
    • A. 

      Henry VII

    • B. 

      Henry V

    • C. 

      Henry VI

    • D. 

      Henry IV

  • 15. 
    In what year was Shakespeare's collected works (the First Folio) published?
    • A. 

      1623

    • B. 

      1632

    • C. 

      1622

    • D. 

      1633

  • 16. 
    How many sonnets did Shakespeare include in his sequence?
    • A. 

      154

    • B. 

      164

    • C. 

      144

    • D. 

      124

  • 17. 
    Which of the following moons of Uranus is NOT named after a Shakespeare character?
    • A. 

      Umbriel

    • B. 

      Ariel

    • C. 

      Titania

    • D. 

      Oberon

  • 18. 
    Which play does NOT have a ghost in it?
    • A. 

      Antony and Cleopatra

    • B. 

      Julius Caesar

    • C. 

      Macbeth

    • D. 

      Richard III

  • 19. 
    What were Shakespeare's parents' names?
    • A. 

      John and Mary

    • B. 

      Joseph and Mary

    • C. 

      John and Anne

    • D. 

      Joseph and Margaret

  • 20. 
    How many Shakespeare plays have an animal in the title?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 21. 
    Which play does NOT have a character named Antonio in it?
    • A. 

      Romeo and Juliet

    • B. 

      Merchant of Venice

    • C. 

      Twelfth Night

    • D. 

      The Tempest

  • 22. 
    Which Shakespeare play features tennis balls?
    • A. 

      Henry V

    • B. 

      Much Ado About Nothing

    • C. 

      The Tempest

    • D. 

      Twelfth Night

  • 23. 
    From which play comes the line, "All the world's a stage…"?
    • A. 

      As You Like It

    • B. 

      Twelfth Night

    • C. 

      The Comedy of Errors

    • D. 

      A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • 24. 
    Which of these terms did fellow playwright Robert Greene use to describe Shakespeare?
    • A. 

      Upstart crow

    • B. 

      Uptight crow

    • C. 

      Upright cow

    • D. 

      Uptown girl

  • 25. 
    Who is the "merchant of Venice"?
    • A. 

      Antonio

    • B. 

      Shylock

    • C. 

      Bassanio

    • D. 

      Portia

  • 26. 
    Which of these is NOT the name of one of Shakespeare's children?
    • A. 

      Edmund

    • B. 

      Hamnet

    • C. 

      Judith

    • D. 

      Susanna

  • 27. 
    Which of the following characters from his own plays is Shakespeare said to have acted?
    • A. 

      The Ghost in Hamlet

    • B. 

      Montague in Romeo and Juliet

    • C. 

      Gloucester in King Lear

    • D. 

      Duncan in Macbeth

  • 28. 
    Which of these famous writers hated Shakespeare?
    • A. 

      Tolstoy

    • B. 

      Dickens

    • C. 

      Austen

    • D. 

      Lewis Carroll

  • 29. 
    Which of these plays by Shakespeare is not included in the First Folio?
    • A. 

      Pericles

    • B. 

      Troilus and Cressida

    • C. 

      Titus Andronicus

    • D. 

      Two Gentlemen of Verona

  • 30. 
    Who called Shakespeare the "Sweet Swan of Avon"?
    • A. 

      Ben Jonson

    • B. 

      Christopher Marlowe

    • C. 

      Elizabeth I

    • D. 

      Francis Bacon

  • 31. 
    What does the motto on Shakespeare's coat of arms mean?
    • A. 

      Not without right

    • B. 

      Not without mustard

    • C. 

      Not without courage

    • D. 

      Not without honour

  • 32. 
    Which of these poems is NOT by Shakespeare?
    • A. 

      Hero and Leander

    • B. 

      The Rape of Lucrece

    • C. 

      The Phoenix and the Turtle

    • D. 

      Venus and Adonis

  • 33. 
    Which Shakespeare play is set in Austria?
    • A. 

      Measure for Measure

    • B. 

      Cymbeline

    • C. 

      The Winter's Tale

    • D. 

      Pericles

  • 34. 
    The 1956 sci-fi film, The Forbidden Planet, is based on which Shakespeare play?
    • A. 

      The Tempest

    • B. 

      Romeo and Juliet

    • C. 

      Othello

    • D. 

      Macbeth

  • 35. 
    Did Shakespeare really write the plays attributed to William Shakespeare?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No