Monday, April 15, 2013

Daily Dose of Bard: Take the Shakespeare quiz.

Time to check your Shakespeare facts for the next pub quiz, round of trivial pursuit, or just to impress your friends.

1. List the dates of William Shakespeare’s birth and death.

2. In what town and country was Shakespeare born?

3. Name the monarchs who reigned in Shakespeare’s country during his lifetime.

4. Name Shakespeare’s wife. (“Mrs. Shakespeare” is not acceptable).

5. How many children did the Shakespeares have?

6. With what theater was Shakespeare most intimately connected?

7. What was the name of Shakespeare’s acting company?

8. Some scholars believe that Shakespeare didn’t write Shakespeare. Name three people who, some claim, penned the plays that we attribute to the Stratford man.

9. What is the importance of the following lines (in the original spelling)?:
Good frend for Jesus sake forbeare, To digg the dust encloased heare! Blest be ye man yt spares thes stones, And curst be he yt moves my bones.
10. One of Shakespeare’s contemporaries rightly foresaw the magnitude of the Bard’s achievement when he wrote of Shakespeare: “He was not of an age, but for all time!” Name the writer of that sentence.
Answers after the jump.

1. and 2. Shakespeare was baptized in Holy Trinity Church in the English village of Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564, and was probably born three days earlier, on April 23. He died in Stratford on April 23, 1616.

3. Elizabeth I and James I

4. Anne Hathaway (but not the woman who sang and wept in “Les Misérables”)

5. Three: Susanna and the twins Hamnet and Judith

6. The Globe

7. For most of his career, Shakespeare was a member of the Lord Chamberlain’s Company, later known as the King’s Men.

8. Candidates include Sir Walter Raleigh; Edward Devere, the Earl of Oxford; Francis Bacon; Christopher Marlowe; Mary Spenser Herbert; and the Earl of Essex.

9. These words are the epitaph on Shakespeare’s grave in the chancel of the Holy Trinity Church.

10. Ben Jonson

How'd you do?  Are you the bard expert you though you were?

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