The Shakespeare Quiz! Ultimate Facts!

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The Shakespeare Quiz! Ultimate Facts!

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What documentary evidence demonstrates that Shakespeare attended grammar school?
    • A. 

      There is none.

    • B. 

      Surviving registration rolls.

    • C. 

      Letters from fellow pupils at the school.

    • D. 

      An official letter to Shakespeare's father allowing William to attend.

  • 2. 
    What is Shakespeare depicted holding in the original monument dedicated to him in Stratford- upon-Avon?
    • A. 

      A sack of wool or grain.

    • B. 

      A quill and paper.

    • C. 

      A Bible.

    • D. 

      One of his sonnets.

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is definitely NOT one of the ways Shakespeare spelled his surname in his six surviving signatures?
    • A. 

      Shakespeare

    • B. 

      Shakspear

    • C. 

      Shakspere

    • D. 

      Shackspere

  • 4. 
    How many letters written by or to Shakespeare survive?
    • A. 

      0

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      10

    • D. 

      Over 20

  • 5. 
    How many manuscripts have been found written in Shakespeare's own hand?
    • A. 

      0

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      10

    • D. 

      12

  • 6. 
    How many of the Shakespearean plays are set in Stratford-upon-Avon or use the Warwickshire dialect of the region he was from?
    • A. 

      0

    • B. 

      1

    • C. 

      2

    • D. 

      4

  • 7. 
    What specific biographical information in the First Folio identifies Shakespeare as an author?
    • A. 

      His many meetings with other actors and writers are discussed, including many that took place at the Mermaid Tavern.

    • B. 

      His wife and children are mentioned.

    • C. 

      His birth date and date of death are mentioned.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 8. 
    What happened when Shakespeare died in 1616?
    • A. 

      The town of Stratford threw a festival where several of Shakespeare's plays were performed.

    • B. 

      The poet Ben Jonson issued a moving tribute to Shakespeare that was widely circulated in London.

    • C. 

      King James I issued a proclamation praising Shakespeare.

    • D. 

      There was no public mention of his death.

  • 9. 
    What did Shakespeare bequeath to his wife in his will?
    • A. 

      His second best bed.

    • B. 

      His best bed.

    • C. 

      His letters and manuscripts.

    • D. 

      His house, belongings, and money.

  • 10. 
    Where was Shakespeare buried?
    • A. 

      In the Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey, where his famous contemporary Ben Jonson was also later buried.

    • B. 

      In a mausoleum in Stratford center square.

    • C. 

      Next to the Globe Theatre in London, at a site long since lost.

    • D. 

      In an unmarked grave in Stratford Trinity Church.