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Shakespeare Trivia

December 6, 2013

1. Name the Shakespeare plays begun by each of the following lines:

a. Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this son of York.

b. Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

c. Hence! Home, you idle creatures, get you home!
Is this a holiday?

d. If music be the food of love, play on.

e. Who’s there?

f. When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning or in rain?

2. Name the lover or wife of each of the following characters:
a. Romeo
b. Antony
c. Petruchio
d. Benedick
e. Hamlet
f. Othello
g. Brutus
h. Henry
i. Troilus
j. Touchstone
k. Ferdinand
l. Duke Orsino

3. Name the Shakespearean heroes with which each of the following enemies contended:
a. Iago
b. Macduff
c. Laertes and Claudius
d. Hotspur
e. Octavius Caesar
f. Richmond
g. Brutus and Cassius

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen D permalink
    December 6, 2013 11:17 am

    1a Richard III
    b Romeo and Juliet
    f that Scottish play

    2a Juliet
    b Cleopatra
    c Kate?
    d Kate!
    e Ophelia
    f Desdemona

    3 a Othello
    b MacBeth…but Macduff isn’t exactly the bad guy here, is he?
    c Hamlet
    d Prince Hal
    g Julius Caesar? Marc Antony?

    • December 9, 2013 10:19 am

      We saw a production at Kenyon in which Macduff’s sword broke, and it looked like Macbeth was going to win the fight…until Macduff heroically picked up his (wooden) sword by the blade and finished him off.

  2. December 6, 2013 12:42 pm

    1 Richard III
    Romeo and Juliet
    Twelfth Night

    2 Juliet
    Depends which Henry. If the fifth, Kate, if the sixth, Margaret (but no love lost there!)
    Viola eventually but spends most of the play mooning around after Olivia

    3 Othello
    Prince Hal
    Richard III
    Julius Caesar

  3. December 6, 2013 8:18 pm

    a. Richard III
    b. Romeo & Juliet
    c. I know I’ve read this but I can’t remember which one
    d. Twelfth Night
    e. Hamlet
    f. Macbeth

    a. Juliet
    b. Cleopatra
    c. Kate the prettiest Kate in Christendom
    d. Beatrice
    e. Ophelia, poor thing
    f. Desdemona
    g. Portia
    h. Margaret (I am referring to Henry VI, hopefully that’s the one you meant because I cannot for the life of me remember the wives of either of the other two Henrys, if I ever knew)
    i. Cressida
    j. oh bother I forgot
    k. Miranda
    l. Viola

    a. Othello
    b. Macbeth
    c. Hamlet
    d. Henry V
    e. Antony
    f. Richard III
    g. Caesar

    Eh? Eh? Reasonably not bad, right?

  4. December 9, 2013 8:47 am

    Not bad at all, for you three who tried it!
    The authors of Literary Trivia give the answers this way:
    1. a Richard III
    b Romeo and Juliet
    c Julius Caesar
    d Twelfth Night
    e Hamlet
    f Macbeth
    2. a Juliet
    b Cleopatra
    c Katharina
    d Beatrice
    e Ophelia
    f Desdemona
    g Portia
    h Katharine
    i Cressida
    j Audrey
    k Miranda
    l Viola
    3. a Othello
    b Macbeth
    c Hamlet
    d Prince Hal
    e Antony
    f Richard III
    g Julius Caesar

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