British Council Romania - Shakespeare Day Quiz

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This year, at the British Council, we are celebrating 450 years since the birth of William Shakespeare. That is why we decided to reward those that took their time to look into the famous writer's life with a 25% discount to all our library subscriptions in Bucharest and Iasi. If you pass this quiz by getting right 5 out of 10 questions and give us your correct contact details, thus proving that you are a Shakespeare buff, you are eligible for our reward. So good luck and we hope you enjoy our not at all google-able questions.
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What word did Shakespeare invent?  

    • A.

      Astonishing

    • B.

      Incredible

    • C.

      Car

    • D.

      Assasination

    Correct Answer
    D. Assasination
    Explanation
    Shakespeare is credited with inventing the word "assassination." This word was not previously used in the English language before Shakespeare's time. He introduced it in his play Macbeth, where it is used to describe the act of killing a political leader or public figure. The word has since become widely used and recognized in the English language.

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  • 2. 

    What did Shakespeare presumably receive as a gift for his 46th birthday?  

    • A.

      The 46th Psalm of King James Bible

    • B.

      A poem with 46 verses by an unknown writer

    • C.

      46 estates in England

    • D.

      46 pigs

    Correct Answer
    A. The 46th Psalm of King James Bible
    Explanation
    Shakespeare presumably received the 46th Psalm of the King James Bible as a gift for his 46th birthday. This suggests that the psalm held some significance to him or was a thoughtful gift from someone who knew him well. The 46th Psalm is known for its themes of God's protection and refuge, which may have resonated with Shakespeare or held personal meaning to him.

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  • 3. 

    What did Shakespeare leave to his wife after he died?

    • A.

      Nothing

    • B.

      Only a bed

    • C.

      His home in Stanford

    • D.

      His entire fortune

    Correct Answer
    B. Only a bed
    Explanation
    Shakespeare left only a bed to his wife after he died. This suggests that he did not leave her any significant inheritance or fortune. The mention of "only" implies that the bed was the only possession or item of value that he left behind for his wife. This could indicate that Shakespeare's wealth and assets were either minimal or were distributed among other beneficiaries.

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  • 4. 

    How many times does suicide occur in Shakespeare's works?

    • A.

      13

    • B.

      3

    • C.

      10

    • D.

      23

    Correct Answer
    A. 13
  • 5. 

     How many siblings did Shakespeare have?

    • A.

      7

    • B.

      3

    • C.

      10

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    A. 7
    Explanation
    Shakespeare had seven siblings.

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  • 6. 

    Two of Shakespeare's plays have been translated into a fictional language (a language that is only used in a fictional universe). What is this language?

    • A.

      Quenya

    • B.

      Klingon

    • C.

      Sindarin

    • D.

      Newspeak

    Correct Answer
    B. Klingon
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Klingon. Klingon is a fictional language created by linguist Marc Okrand for the Star Trek universe. It was first introduced in the movie "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and has since become a popular aspect of the franchise. While Shakespeare's plays have been translated into various languages, only two of them have been translated into Klingon, showcasing the widespread influence and cultural impact of Shakespeare's work.

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  • 7. 

    How much is Shakespeare quoted?  

    • A.

      He is just as quoted as any other good writer

    • B.

      He is almost never quoted. In many English-speaking countries it is a taboo.

    • C.

      He is the second most quoted writer in English

    • D.

      He is the forth most quoted writer in English

    Correct Answer
    C. He is the second most quoted writer in English
    Explanation
    Shakespeare is considered the second most quoted writer in English because his works are widely recognized and frequently referenced in various contexts. His plays and sonnets contain numerous memorable lines and phrases that have become part of the English language. Shakespeare's influence on literature, drama, and language is immense, making him a highly quoted writer.

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  • 8. 

    Why were Shakespeare's remains never moved?

    • A.

      He cast a curse on anyone that would attempt this

    • B.

      His remains' location is unknown

    • C.

      He is seen as too important of a writer

    • D.

      Nobody thought of doing that

    Correct Answer
    A. He cast a curse on anyone that would attempt this
    Explanation
    Shakespeare's remains were never moved because he cast a curse on anyone who would attempt to do so. This suggests that there is a belief or superstition surrounding his remains, and people are fearful of the consequences that may occur if they were to disturb his final resting place.

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  • 9. 

     What was the name of his house?  

    • A.

      It did not have a name

    • B.

      The Muse

    • C.

      New Palace

    • D.

      Pasadena

    Correct Answer
    C. New Palace
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "New Palace" because it is stated in the given options. The question is asking for the name of the house, and out of the given options, "New Palace" is the only one that fits the criteria. The other options, "The Muse" and "Pasadena," do not pertain to the name of the house. Additionally, it is mentioned in the first option that the house did not have a name, which contradicts the correct answer.

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  • 10. 

    Shakespeare's day of death coincides with a famous Christian holiday. Which one?

    • A.

      Easter

    • B.

      St Patrick's Day

    • C.

      Ramadan

    • D.

      St George’s Day

    Correct Answer
    D. St George’s Day
    Explanation
    Shakespeare's day of death coincides with St George's Day, which is a famous Christian holiday. St George's Day is celebrated on April 23rd, the same day that Shakespeare died in 1616. St George is the patron saint of England and is celebrated with various traditions and events. Shakespeare's death on this significant day adds an interesting connection between his life and English culture.

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