So you think you know Shakespeare?
"This royal throne of kings, this sceptered isle ..."
William Shakespeare is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest writers in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. His birthplace, pictured above, is located in this popular tourist destination that receives more than two million visitors per year.
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
William Shakespeare is also know for his non-dramatic works which are said to have been written throughout his lifetime. The collection of 154 sonnets or poems published in
include the themes like the passage of time, love, infidelity, jealousy, beauty and mortality. There are also six sonnets included within the texts of Shakespeare's plays. Can you correctly name those plays?
"Two households, both alike in dignity"
o begins perhaps the most famous of all of William Shakespeare's Tragedies
Romeo and Juliet
featuring "a pair of star-crossed lovers." One of the title characters is pictured above. You likely know her first name, but to what household does she belong?
"Now is the winter of our discontent"
Believed to be one of Shakespeare's earlier plays and the second longest, it is known as both a history and a tragedy. This title character is revealed to be the anti-hero of the play as he betrays everyone around him in his quest for the crown. Can you name the king in question?
Hint: His personal symbol was the white boar.
Pictured above, and considered by some to be Shakespeare's greatest creation, this character appears in four plays, most notably in both parts of
King Henry IV
. While his character is mainly found in Shakespeare's histories, he also makes an appearance in one of the comedies set during a similar time period. Can you guess the character?
"To be or not to be, that is the question."
The longest of all of Shakespeare's plays, this tragedy is also one of his most popular and influential works. The protagonist and title character is tormented by the ghost of his dead father (among others) and is set on a path of revenge that ends with the demise of the entire royal family. Often shortened, do you know the full title of this play?
Hint: You'll need the genre, title character's name, his rank and the setting.
"Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart"
Set in Greece, in the seventh year of the Trojan War, the medieval tale this play is based on is not part of Greek mythology. Considered to be one of Shakespeare's most difficult works,
Troilus and Cressida
is known as one of three problem plays as it contains equal elements from the genres of comedy and tragedy or a tragicomedy. Can you name the other two problem plays?
"How, nothing will come of nothing, speak again."
This 17th century play is known to have only been performed once in Shakespeare's lifetime. Based on the legend of
Leir of Britain
, it's dark tone has often been re-written to include a happy ending. Can you name the king and title character of this play?
"All that glitters is not gold."
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"This above all, to thine own self be true."
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"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players."
You know your Bard! Not even the most difficult questions could steer you from the right answer. Bravo!
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