It’s a great time to celebrate Shakespeare. This year we are marking the 400th year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. For all his fame, William Shakespeare remains a mysterious figure with regards to his personal life. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on or about April 23, 1564. He allegedly died on his birthday, April 23, 1616.
To celebrate Shakespeare, there will be numerous events around the world celebrating his works including parades, church services and of course, many performances of his plays. To mark the legacy of the most famous English playwright and poet, have some fun testing your knowledge with this abridged Quiz about Shakespeare brought to us by the NY Times. Here’s to Shakespeare.
1. Which of these words occurs most frequently in Shakespeare’s complete works?
Answer: b “Love” appears 2,191 times in Shakespeare works, according to the website, Open Source Shakespeare.
2. Which of Shakespeare’s female characters has the most lines?
a. Cleopatra in “Antony and Cleopatra”
b. Rosalind in “As You Like It”
c. Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet”
d. Portia in “the Merchant of Venice
Answer: b Rosalind is Shakespeare’s biggest female role, with 685 lines, compared to Cleopatra’s 678, Portia’s 574, and Juliet’s 542.
3. Which item is not mentioned in Shakespeare’s will?
a. His clothes
b. His manuscripts
c. His second-best bed
d. A silver bowl
Answer: b No manuscripts of Shakespeare’s plays or poems are known to survive.
4. Where did the first known American printing of Shakespeare’s image appear?
a. On the cover of a complete edition of his plays
b. Inside a book of great quotations by men
c. On a bottle of medicine
d. In an ad for a stationery company
Answer: d The first American image of Shakespeare appeared in a 1787 advertisement for a stationery business in Philadelphia.
5. Which United States president once dressed in drag to play Desdemona in “Othello”?
a. Thomas Jefferson
b. Ulysses S. Grant
d. Theodore Roosevelt
d. Bill Clinton
Answer: b Grant took on the role in 1846 in Corpus Christi, Texas, in front of a crowd of 800 in a hastily built theater at a military encampment.
Even today, Shakespeare is still helping to shape the English Language. He lives on through his 37 plays and countless poems. Did you realize you may already be incorporating some common Shakespearean phrases in your daily conversations?
Take a look below and see how many you recognize?
“A heart of gold” – Henry V
“As good luck would have it” – The Merry Wives of Windsor
“Bated breath” – The Merchant of Venice
“Brave new world” – The Tempest
“Break the ice” – The Taming of the Shrew
“Faint hearted” – Henry VI , Part 1
“Forever and a day” – As You Like It
“Full circle”- King Lear
“Kill with Kindness” – Taming of the Shrew
“One fell swoop” – Macbeth
I appreciate you taking time to celebrate Shakespeare with me and as he said a long time ago…”I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks. ” ~William Shakespeare