Quiz: Shakespeare

  • 13 April 2016

Four centuries have passed since William Shakespeare died; but how much do you really know about this enduring poet and playwright?

  • Shakespeare shakedown

    William Shakespeare died 400 years ago this April and the playwright's legacy to language, theatre and literature has captivated generations. His works have been translated into every major language, adapted for TV and film and performed constantly since they were written. 

    Take our Shakespeare quiz and test your literary credentials. 

  • Question 1 of 10

    How many plays did Shakespeare write?

  • Question 2 of 10

    Which of the following is his longest play?

  • Question 3 of 10

    The Bard invented over 1700 words which we commonly use today. The list is staggering. Which of the following words did Shakespeare not create?

  • Question 4 of 10

    What was the name of Shakespeare’s acting company?

  • Question 5 of 10

    'If music be the food of love, play on...' is the opening line of which play?

  • Question 6 of 10

    Which character did Shakespeare perform as in his play Hamlet?

  • Question 7 of 10

    Which of the following quotes is not in Macbeth?

  • Question 8 of 10

    Which of these is not a fairy in one of Shakespeare’s plays?

  • Question 9 of 10

    What did Shakespeare leave his wife Anne Hathaway in his will?

  • Question 10 of 10

    Finally, to celebrate something Shakespeare was really good at; which of these is not a put down by the Bard?

  • It’s Greek to you

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    It’s Greek to you

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    It’s Greek to you

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    It’s Greek to you

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    All that glitters isn’t gold

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    All that glitters isn’t gold

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    All that glitters isn’t gold

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    All that glitters isn’t gold

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    There's method in your madness

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    There's method in your madness

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    There's method in your madness

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    1. 1.  How many plays did Shakespeare write?
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    2. Correct answer: 37
    3. 2.  Which of the following is his longest play?
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    4. Correct answer: Hamlet
    5. 3.  The Bard invented over 1700 words which we commonly use today. The list is staggering. Which of the following words did Shakespeare not create?
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    6. Correct answer: Coy
    7. 4.  What was the name of Shakespeare’s acting company?
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    8. Correct answer: The King's Men
    9. 5.  'If music be the food of love, play on...' is the opening line of which play?
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    10. Correct answer: Twelfth Night
    11. 6.  Which character did Shakespeare perform as in his play Hamlet?
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    12. Correct answer: The ghost of Hamlet’s father
    13. 7.  Which of the following quotes is not in Macbeth?
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    14. Correct answer: Foul deeds will rise, Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes
    15. 8.  Which of these is not a fairy in one of Shakespeare’s plays?
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    16. Correct answer: Spring Sprite
    17. 9.  What did Shakespeare leave his wife Anne Hathaway in his will?
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    18. Correct answer: His second best bed and sheets
    19. 10.  Finally, to celebrate something Shakespeare was really good at; which of these is not a put down by the Bard?
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    20. Correct answer: Your brain would make a grain of sand look large

    Shakespeare in Art: Tempests, Tyrants and Tragedy is at Compton Verney until 19 June, Shakespeare in Ten Acts is at the British Library until 6 September, both 50% off entry with a National Art Pass.

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