Twelfth Night Revision

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Twelfth Night Revision - Quiz

A basic quiz to find out how much you know about the basics of The Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who is Orsino in love with at the beginning of the play?

    • A.

      Olivia

    • B.

      Viola

    • C.

      Maria

    • D.

      Malvolio

    Correct Answer
    A. Olivia
    Explanation
    At the beginning of the play, Orsino is in love with Olivia. This is evident from the opening scene where Orsino sends his servant, Cesario (who is actually Viola disguised as a man), to woo Olivia on his behalf. Orsino's infatuation with Olivia drives the plot forward as he continues to pursue her despite her rejection.

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  • 2. 

    Complete the quote: "If music be the food of _________ , play on"

    • A.

      Sleep

    • B.

      Sorrow

    • C.

      Love

    • D.

      Joy

    Correct Answer
    C. Love
    Explanation
    This quote is from Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night" and is spoken by the character Duke Orsino. In this quote, Duke Orsino is expressing his desire for music to continue playing because it has the power to nourish and satisfy his emotions. The word "love" fits perfectly in this context as music is often associated with love and can evoke strong emotions of passion and desire.

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  • 3. 

    Where does Twelfth Night take place?

    • A.

      England

    • B.

      Illyria

    • C.

      Ruritania

    • D.

      Denmark

    Correct Answer
    B. Illyria
    Explanation
    Twelfth Night takes place in Illyria. This is evident from the play's setting and the events that unfold within it. The characters in the play, such as Viola and Orsino, are shown to be in Illyria, and the plot revolves around their interactions and experiences in this location. Additionally, the cultural references and themes depicted in the play are consistent with Illyria, further solidifying the setting.

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  • 4. 

    Why is Olivia unwilling to receive any visitors?

    • A.

      She is hideously deformed

    • B.

      She is terribly shy

    • C.

      She cannot speak

    • D.

      She is mourning for her dead brother

    Correct Answer
    D. She is mourning for her dead brother
    Explanation
    Olivia is unwilling to receive any visitors because she is mourning for her dead brother. This suggests that she is grieving and emotionally unavailable to socialize or entertain guests. Grief can be a deeply personal and isolating experience, causing individuals to withdraw from social interactions and seek solitude to process their loss.

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  • 5. 

    How does Viola come to be at Orsino's court?

    • A.

      She is shipwrecked nearby

    • B.

      She is captured and made a slave

    • C.

      She is invited to be a guest of Orsino

    • D.

      She is Orsino's daughter

    Correct Answer
    A. She is shipwrecked nearby
    Explanation
    Viola comes to be at Orsino's court because she is shipwrecked nearby.

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  • 6. 

    Why is Sir Andrew Aguecheek staying at Olivia's home?

    • A.

      He is her uncle

    • B.

      He is trying to court Maria

    • C.

      He is trying to court Olivia

    • D.

      He is Malvolio's brother

    Correct Answer
    C. He is trying to court Olivia
    Explanation
    Sir Andrew Aguecheek is staying at Olivia's home because he is trying to court her. This can be inferred from the context of the question, as it suggests that Sir Andrew's presence in Olivia's home is motivated by his romantic interest in her.

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  • 7. 

    How does Viola disguise herself?

    • A.

      She puts on makeup to make herself resemble an old woman

    • B.

      She dresses like a man

    • C.

      She shaves her head and wears a false beard

    • D.

      She does not disguise herself

    Correct Answer
    B. She dresses like a man
    Explanation
    Viola disguises herself by dressing like a man. This is evident in Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night" where Viola, after surviving a shipwreck, decides to disguise herself as a man named Cesario. She dresses in men's clothing and adopts a masculine appearance to navigate through the unfamiliar territory and protect herself. This disguise allows her to take on a new identity and interact with other characters in the play, leading to various comedic and dramatic situations.

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  • 8. 

    What is Malvolio's position?

    • A.

      He is Orsino's fool

    • B.

      He is Viola's butler

    • C.

      He is Sir Toby's butler

    • D.

      He is Olivia's steward

    Correct Answer
    D. He is Olivia's steward
    Explanation
    Malvolio's position is Olivia's steward. In William Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night," Malvolio serves as Olivia's steward, responsible for managing her household affairs. He is depicted as a strict, puritanical character who is often the target of pranks and mockery by other characters, particularly Sir Toby Belch and his companions. While the other options mention different characters, it is clear from the play that Malvolio holds the position of steward in Olivia's household.

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  • 9. 

    What is Sir Toby's great vice (problem)?

    • A.

      He is a drunkard

    • B.

      He is a glutton

    • C.

      He is a sook

    • D.

      He has no vices

    Correct Answer
    A. He is a drunkard
    Explanation
    Sir Toby's great vice is that he is a drunkard. This means that he has a habit of frequently drinking alcohol to excess, which can lead to negative consequences such as impaired judgment, reckless behavior, and health issues. Being a drunkard can also affect his relationships and reputation, as excessive drinking is often viewed as a weakness or flaw.

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  • 10. 

    Who does Orsino send to carry his messages to Olivia?

    • A.

      Malvolio

    • B.

      Feste

    • C.

      Viola, disguised as Cesario

    • D.

      Sebastian

    Correct Answer
    C. Viola, disguised as Cesario
    Explanation
    Orsino sends Viola, disguised as Cesario, to carry his messages to Olivia. Viola, who is pretending to be a man, is able to gain access to Olivia and deliver Orsino's messages more easily than any other character. Viola's disguise allows her to move freely between the two households and act as Orsino's messenger without raising suspicion. This choice also adds to the comedic confusion and mistaken identities that are central to the plot of the play.

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  • 11. 

    Who does Viola fall in love with?

    • A.

      Malvolio

    • B.

      Orsino

    • C.

      Sir Toby

    • D.

      Olivia

    Correct Answer
    B. Orsino
    Explanation
    Viola falls in love with Orsino. This can be inferred from the context of the question, as Viola is a character in Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night" and Orsino is the main love interest for Viola's disguise, Cesario. Throughout the play, Viola/Cesario develops romantic feelings for Orsino, despite disguising herself as a man. The play explores the complexities of love and mistaken identity, ultimately leading to Viola's reveal and her happy ending with Orsino.

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  • 12. 

    Who does Olivia fall in love with?

    • A.

      Orsino

    • B.

      Malvolio

    • C.

      Antonio

    • D.

      Viola, disguised as Cesario

    Correct Answer
    D. Viola, disguised as Cesario
    Explanation
    Olivia falls in love with Viola, who is disguised as Cesario. In the play "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare, Viola disguises herself as a young man named Cesario and serves as a messenger for Duke Orsino. Olivia, who is mourning the loss of her brother, becomes infatuated with Cesario and develops romantic feelings for him. However, what Olivia doesn't know is that Cesario is actually Viola in disguise. This creates a complex love triangle and comedic situations throughout the play.

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  • 13. 

    Who is Sebastian?

    • A.

      Viola's brother

    • B.

      Orsino's cousin

    • C.

      Olivia's fool

    • D.

      Malvolio's son

    Correct Answer
    A. Viola's brother
    Explanation
    Sebastian is Viola's brother. This can be inferred from the question itself, as it asks "Who is Sebastian?" and provides the options of Viola's brother, Orsino's cousin, Olivia's fool, and Malvolio's son. Since the question is asking about Sebastian, it suggests that Sebastian is related to one of the characters mentioned in the options. Among the options, Viola is the only character who is related to Sebastian as his brother. Therefore, the correct answer is Viola's brother.

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  • 14. 

    Who forges the letter that Malvolio thinks is from Olivia?

    • A.

      Feste

    • B.

      Sir Toby

    • C.

      Maria

    • D.

      Viola

    Correct Answer
    C. Maria
    Explanation
    Maria forges the letter that Malvolio thinks is from Olivia. This is evident from the play "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare. Maria, a clever and mischievous servant, writes the letter as part of a prank orchestrated by Sir Toby and Feste. The letter deceives Malvolio into believing that Olivia is in love with him, leading to comical and chaotic consequences in the play.

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  • 15. 

    What does the forged letter make Malvolio believe?

    • A.

      That Maria is in love with him

    • B.

      That he is going to inherit a fortune

    • C.

      That Viola is in love with him

    • D.

      That Olivia is in love with him

    Correct Answer
    D. That Olivia is in love with him
    Explanation
    The forged letter makes Malvolio believe that Olivia is in love with him.

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  • 16. 

    Who takes care of Sebastian after he is shipwrecked?

    • A.

      Viola

    • B.

      Feste

    • C.

      Malvolio

    • D.

      Antonio

    Correct Answer
    D. Antonio
    Explanation
    After Sebastian is shipwrecked, Antonio takes care of him. Antonio is a loyal friend who rescues Sebastian from the sea and offers him shelter and protection. He helps Sebastian navigate through the unfamiliar land and provides him with support and guidance. Antonio's care for Sebastian demonstrates their strong bond and friendship.

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  • 17. 

    Who challenges Cesario to a duel?

    • A.

      Orsino

    • B.

      Sir Andrew

    • C.

      Malvolio

    • D.

      Antonio

    Correct Answer
    B. Sir Andrew
    Explanation
    Sir Andrew challenges Cesario to a duel because he is jealous of Cesario's close relationship with Olivia. Sir Andrew believes that by defeating Cesario in a duel, he can prove his worth to Olivia and win her affections. However, Sir Andrew is not a skilled fighter and is easily persuaded by his friend Sir Toby to abandon the duel.

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  • 18. 

    What does Malvolio wear in the hope of pleasing Olivia?

    • A.

      Green leggings

    • B.

      Women's clothing

    • C.

      Yellow stockings and crossed garters

    • D.

      A red wig and silver pantaloons

    Correct Answer
    C. Yellow stockings and crossed garters
    Explanation
    Malvolio wears yellow stockings and crossed garters in the hope of pleasing Olivia. This is seen in Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night" when Malvolio receives a letter that he believes is from Olivia, instructing him to wear these specific items as a sign of his affection for her. However, this is actually a prank played on him by other characters in the play.

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  • 19. 

    Why does Antonio travel to Illyria?

    • A.

      To be close to Sebastian

    • B.

      To get revenge on Orsino

    • C.

      To woo Olivia

    • D.

      He does not travel

    Correct Answer
    A. To be close to Sebastian
    Explanation
    Antonio travels to Illyria to be close to Sebastian. This is evident in the play "Twelfth Night" when Antonio expresses his deep affection for Sebastian and his willingness to follow him anywhere. Antonio's love for Sebastian is portrayed as a strong bond, and he risks his safety and well-being to be by Sebastian's side. This motivation is further supported by Antonio's actions throughout the play, where he protects and cares for Sebastian, even when it puts him in danger.

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  • 20. 

    Why does Sir Andrew try to fight with Sebastian?

    • A.

      He thinks that Sebastian has killed Orsino

    • B.

      He thinks that Sebastian wants to kill Sir Toby

    • C.

      He thinks that Sebastian is in love with Maria

    • D.

      He thinks that Sebastian is Cesario

    Correct Answer
    D. He thinks that Sebastian is Cesario
    Explanation
    Sir Andrew tries to fight with Sebastian because he mistakenly believes that Sebastian is Cesario. This confusion arises because Sebastian and Cesario (Viola disguised as a man) are identical twins. Sir Andrew, who is infatuated with Olivia, believes that Cesario is his rival for her affections. Therefore, he confronts Sebastian, thinking that he is Cesario, in an attempt to defend his own romantic interests.

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  • 21. 

    What do Sir Toby and the others do to Malvolio?

    • A.

      They kill him

    • B.

      They lock him in a dark room and tell him he is mad

    • C.

      They tar and feather him

    • D.

      They get him drunk and convince him to sing with them

    Correct Answer
    B. They lock him in a dark room and tell him he is mad
    Explanation
    Sir Toby and the others play a cruel prank on Malvolio by locking him in a dark room and convincing him that he is insane. This is a form of psychological torture, as they manipulate his perception of reality and isolate him from the outside world. By doing so, they not only humiliate him but also assert their power over him, highlighting their cruel and malicious nature.

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  • 22. 

    What disguise does Feste wear when he speaks with Malvolio?

    • A.

      Cesario

    • B.

      Olivia

    • C.

      Sir Topas, the curate

    • D.

      An angel

    Correct Answer
    C. Sir Topas, the curate
    Explanation
    Feste disguises himself as Sir Topas, the curate, when he speaks with Malvolio. This disguise allows Feste to play a trick on Malvolio, who is locked in a dark room and believes he is speaking with a priest. Feste's impersonation adds to the comedic elements of the play, as he teases and mocks Malvolio throughout their conversation.

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  • 23. 

    Who does Olivia marry?

    • A.

      Sebastian

    • B.

      Antonio

    • C.

      Orsino

    • D.

      Malvolio

    Correct Answer
    A. Sebastian
    Explanation
    Olivia marries Sebastian because in the play "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare, Olivia falls in love with Cesario, who is actually Viola disguised as a man. However, due to a series of mistaken identities and confusion, Olivia mistakenly marries Sebastian instead of Viola. This unexpected turn of events adds to the comedic elements of the play.

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  • 24. 

    Whene he realises that Cesario is a woman, what does Orsino do?

    • A.

      He orders her executed

    • B.

      He banishes her

    • C.

      He betroths her to Antonio

    • D.

      He decides to marry her

    Correct Answer
    D. He decides to marry her
    Explanation
    Orsino's decision to marry Cesario after realizing that she is a woman suggests a change in his feelings towards her. Initially, Orsino sees Cesario as a young man and confides in him about his love for Olivia. However, upon discovering Cesario's true identity, Orsino's perception of her changes, and he decides to marry her instead. This indicates that Orsino's love for Olivia was not as strong as his growing affection for Cesario, leading to his change in plans and desire to marry her.

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