50 Shakespeare Trivia Questions and Answers

Welcome to this engaging and enlightening Shakespeare trivia post! Whether you’re a bardolator, a student of the English language, or someone who just loves a good trivia challenge, you’re in for a treat. This collection comprises fifty carefully curated questions, delving into the intricate tapestry of characters, iconic phrases, and captivating plots that make up Shakespeare’s illustrious works. With each question, you will traverse the landscapes of comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances, unraveling the myriad facets of Shakespeare’s literary genius. Prepare to embark on a journey through the enchanting world of one of the greatest playwrights in history, and perhaps, uncover some hidden gems you might not have encountered before. Enjoy the trivia!

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1. What play features the phrase ‘To be or not to be’?

2. Who says ‘All the world’s a stage’?

3. Which of Shakespeare’s plays is known as ‘The Scottish Play’?

4. How many sonnets did Shakespeare write?

5. Which play features a character named Iago?

6. Who was Shakespeare’s wife?

7. What is the name of Shakespeare’s theatre?

8. Which play is set on an island after a shipwreck?

9. Which play features the character named Puck?

10. What are the four periods Shakespeare’s plays are typically grouped into?

11. Which character is the Prince of Denmark?

12. Which of his plays is based on Roman history?

13. Which play ends with the line ‘I’ll to my wedding bed; And death, not Romeo, take my maidenhead!’

14. In which town was Shakespeare born?

15. Which king of Scotland is murdered in a play by Shakespeare?

16. Who is the fairy queen in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’?

17. Which play is about the Moor of Venice?

18. Who is the jealous general in one of Shakespeare’s tragedies?

19. Which of Shakespeare’s plays features the Battle of Agincourt?

20. Which character says ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow’?

21. Which play begins with the Three Witches?

22. Which play features the phrase ‘The lady doth protest too much’?

23. Which character is known as the ‘Merry Wife of Windsor’?

24. Who loved Olivia in ‘Twelfth Night’?

25. Which play features a character that is jealous of a handkerchief?

26. Which character is obsessed with his own appearance and falls in love with his reflection?

27. Which play’s subtitle is ‘What You Will’?

28. Which play is about two sets of identical twins?

29. Who is the fairy king in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’?

30. Which character says ‘Out, damned spot! Out, I say!’?

31. In which play does a jealous king accuse his wife of infidelity?

32. Which of Shakespeare’s characters is known for saying ‘Et tu, Brute?’?

33. Which play is set in the Forest of Arden?

34. Who says ‘A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!’?

35. Which character pretends to be a man named Cesario?

36. In which play do three sisters wish to go to Moscow?

37. Which of Shakespeare’s plays is set in Egypt and features Cleopatra?

38. Who is the king of the fairies in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’?

39. Which play features a mischievous sprite named Ariel?

40. Who is Prospero’s brother in ‘The Tempest’?

41. Which of Shakespeare’s characters has a wife named Desdemona?

42. Which play features the line ‘Beware the ides of March’?

43. Who is the protagonist in ‘The Merchant of Venice’?

44. Which Shakespearean character has a wife named Portia?

45. Which play features the line ‘All that glisters is not gold’?

46. In ‘Richard III’, who is depicted as a hunchback?

47. Which play features a Duke named Orsino?

48. In which play does a storm play a crucial role in the opening scene?

49. Who is the Prince of Tyre in one of Shakespeare’s plays?

50. Which play’s main character laments over Yorick’s skull?

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