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Greene - Robert Greene wrote 'Greene's Groats-Worth of Wit', which was an attack on the Bard.Which of these authors wrote a pamphlet maligning Shakespeare?

a. Marlowe
b. Swift
c. Dickens
d. Greene


Stratford - Shakespeare's baptism is documented in the Holy Trinity Parish Church in Stratford.Where was Shakespeare born?

a. York
b. London
c. Eaton
d. Stratford


Claudius  - Claudius is from Hamlet. Which Shakespearean character says the line, "My words fly up, my thoughts remain below"?

a. Romeo
b. Claudius
c. Othello
d. Brutus


Othello - Iago plots to destroy Othello.Iago is the villain in which Shakespearean play?

a. Hamlet
b. Othello
c. Taming of the Shrew
d. All's Well that Ends Well


Othello - The play's original title was The Tragedy Othello - The Moor of Venice.Which of Shakespeare's characters is often referred to as the Moor?

a. Caius
b. The Earl of Kent
c. Othello
d. Jachimo


Anne - William married Anne Hathaway in 1582.What was the name of Shakespeare's wife?

a. Kate
b. Mary
c. Elizabeth
d. Anne


The second best bed - Scholars have argued over this request for centuries. It is unclear if it was a sign of affection or ill will.What did Shakespeare leave to his wife in his will?

a. A letter from the queen
b. An unfinished manuscript
c. A feathered quill
d. The second best bed


A glover - John Shakespeare was an alderman and a glover.What did Shakespeare's father do?

a. A teacher
b. A butcher
c. A minister
d. A glover


Hamlet - This line is uttered by Hamlet.The line, "To be, or not to be" is from which Shakespearean play?

a. Much Ado About nothing
b. Titus
c. Hamlet
d. Macbeth


The Bard of Avon - William is regarded as being the national poet of England.Which of these titles applies to Shakespeare?

a. The Bard of Avon
b. The Bard of Hampton Court
c. The Bard of Stratford
d. The Bard of Eaton


38 - He also wrote about 154 sonnets.Approximately how many plays did William Shakespeare write?

a. 104
b. 21
c. 38
d. 76


52 - Shakespeare died on the 23rd of April 1616.How old was Shakespeare when he died?

a. 67
b. 33
c. 83
d. 52


King Lear - King Lear is one of Shakespeare's tragedies.The line "Nothing will come of nothing," is from which Shakespearean play?

a. King Lear
b. Hamlet
c. Measure for Measure
d. Timon of Athens


Richard III - This line is uttered by Richard III.During which play will you hear the line "Now is the winter of our discontent"?

a. Romeo and Juliette
b. Merchant of Venice
c. As You Like It
d. Richard III


7 - John and Mary had eight children. Many of the children did not live to adulthood.How many siblings did Shakespeare have?

a. 4
b. 7
c. 11
d. 2


Twelfth Night - The play is one of Shakespeare's comedies."Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them" is a line from which Shakespearean play?

a. Twelfth Night
b. Merry Wives of Windsor
c. Two Gentlemen From Verona
d. Henry V


Winter's Tale - The Winter's Tale was published after Shakespeare's death. Which of these Shakespearean plays is a comedy?

a. Winter's Tale
b. Cymbeline
c. Pericles
d. King Lear


Julius Caesar - This line is uttered by Julius Caesar."Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once" is a line from which Shakespearean play?

a. Much Ado About Nothing
b. Anthony and Cleopatra
c. Julius Caesar
d. Titus


3 - Shakespeare had three children, Susannah and twins Hamnet and Judith.How many children did Shakespeare have?

a. 0
b. 5
c. 7
d. 3


Henry IV part 2 - This play is one of the histories. This line is uttered by Francis Feeble."A man can die but once" is a line from which of Shakespeare's plays?

a. Henry IV part 2
b. Henry II
c. King Lear
d. Henry V


Unknown - The actual date is unknown, however, by law a parent had to have their child baptized the first Sunday after their birth. What day was Shakespeare born?

a. Unknown
b. The 26th of April
c. The 14 of April
d. The 30th of April




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