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Shakespeare Knowledge
Shakespeare is for the young and old. NOW talks with Rafe Esquith whose elementary-school students, The Hobart Shakepeareans, learn to love The Bard young. At the age of sixty-seven, Herman Gollob was inspired by a Broadway production of Hamlet starring Ralph Fiennes to brush up his Shakespeare. Lamenting how little he had really learned about the Bard throughout his schooling, he immersed himself in books, videotapes, performance, and lectures, becoming "an old man made mad by love of Shakespeare." How much have you learned about Shakespeare's plays? Take our quiz to find out.

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Whose skull does Hamlet hold up?
Horatio

Laertes

Yorick

Polonius


Where was Shakespeare born and raised?
Stratford-on-Avon

Avon-on-Hudson

Rome

Southampton


Shakespeare's plays were written primarily in:
Rhyming iambic pentameter

Blank verse

Trochaic trimeter

Anapestic tetrameter


What does Caesar say when he is stabbed to death?
"Et tu Brute"

"Tyranny is dead!"

"Beware the Ides of March"

"I am dying, Egypt, dying"


How many Roman history plays did Shakespeare write?
One

Two

Three

Four


What is customarily regarded as Shakespeare's last play?
Cymbeline

The Comedy of Errors

Doctor Faustus

The Tempest


How many suicides are there in all of Shakespeare's plays?
Two

Ten

Thirteen

Twenty-three


Which of Shakespeare's plays opens with three witches saying, "Fair is foul,and foul is fair/Hover through the fog and the filthy air"?
MacBeth

King Lear

Twelfth Night

Othello

Some questions and answers were adapted from information provided on www.allshakespeare.com and www.absoluteshakespeare.com.



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