Answers to the Shakespeare Quiz

Posted: October 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
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As promised, here are the answers to the Shakespeare quiz.

A. Fill in the blanks.

1. William Shakespeare wrote three different kinds of plays. List what three types of plays he wrote and give an example of each: Comedy, tragedy, and historical. Examples: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth, and Richard III or Henry V, respectively.

B. Multiple Choice.

2. Which of the following is a famous phrase from one of Shakespeare’s plays:

A.“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”

B. “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.”

C. “You’re going to eat me out of house and home.”

D.  All of the above

3. When Shakespeare was young he traveled in a company that _______________.

A. performed plays

B. played music

C. recited poetry

D. sang songs

4. Where did this company perform?

A. royal palaces

B. great cathedrals

C. wooden theaters and the courtyards of inns

D. all of the above

5. Why did King Duncan give Macbeth the title “Thane of Cawdor”?

A. Macbeth was his son.

B. Macbeth had fought bravely for him.

C. Lady Macbeth asked the king to give the title to her husband.

D. Duncan was worried Macbeth would kill him if he didn’t.

6. Who first told Macbeth that he would be the king of Scotland?

A. Duncan

B. Lady Macbeth

C. Banquo

D. three weird women

7. After Macbeth murdered Duncan, he told Lady Macbeth that he would never be able to _______________.

A. breathe

B. rule the kingdom

C. eat

D. sleep

8. What did the army look like as they approached Macbeth’s castle?

A. a sea

B. a forest

C. invisible

D. a mountain

C. True or False. Write “true” or “false.”

True 9. William Shakespeare wrote over forty plays.

False10. Shakespeare’s plays have never been translated into another language.

True 11. Lady Macbeth was more interested in Macbeth becoming king than he was.

False12. Macbeth drugged the guards so that Lady Macbeth could kill the king.

True13. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both die at the end of the play.

D. Answer the following question using complete sentences.

14. What did Macbeth and Lady Macbeth do that showed they suffered from terrible guilt over what they had done?

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both had terrible nightmares. Macbeth saw Banquo’s ghost. Lady Macbeth started walking in her sleep and rubbing her hands as if she were washing them, and she eventually died of a guilty conscience.

How did you do?                                  

  1. Libby says:

    Wow, I only got one wrong (I didn’t know the house and home quote was Shakespeare – should have guessed!). Since English was my subject at college I guess I should have done well. Fun quiz, thanks.

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