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’? Reveal Answer Hamlet 2. Who says ‘All the world’s a stage’? Reveal Answer Jaques in As You Like It 3. Which of Shakespeare’s plays is known as ‘The Scottish Play’? Reveal Answer Macbeth 4. How many sonnets did Shakespeare write? Reveal Answer 154 5. Which play features a character named Iago? Reveal Answer Othello 6. Who was Shakespeare’s wife? Reveal Answer Anne Hathaway 7. What is the name of Shakespeare’s theatre? Reveal Answer The Globe 8. Which play is set on an island after a shipwreck? Reveal Answer The Tempest 9. Which play features the character named Puck? Reveal Answer A Midsummer Night’s Dream 10. What are the four periods Shakespeare’s plays are typically grouped into? Reveal Answer Comedies, Histories, Tragedies, and Romances 11. Which character is the Prince of Denmark? Reveal Answer Hamlet 12. Which of his plays is based on Roman history? Reveal Answer Julius Caesar 13. Which play ends with the line ‘I’ll to my wedding bed; And death, not Romeo, take my maidenhead!’ Reveal Answer Romeo and Juliet 14. In which town was Shakespeare born? Reveal Answer Stratford-upon-Avon 15. Which king of Scotland is murdered in a play by Shakespeare? Reveal Answer King Duncan 16. Who is the fairy queen in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’? Reveal Answer Titania 17. Which play is about the Moor of Venice? Reveal Answer Othello 18. Who is the jealous general in one of Shakespeare’s tragedies? Reveal Answer Othello 19. Which of Shakespeare’s plays features the Battle of Agincourt? Reveal Answer Henry V 20. Which character says ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow’? Reveal Answer Juliet in Romeo and Juliet 21. Which play begins with the Three Witches? Reveal Answer Macbeth 22. Which play features the phrase ‘The lady doth protest too much’? Reveal Answer Hamlet 23. Which character is known as the ‘Merry Wife of Windsor’? Reveal Answer Mistress Ford 24. Who loved Olivia in ‘Twelfth Night’? Reveal Answer Orsino 25. Which play features a character that is jealous of a handkerchief? Reveal Answer Othello 26. Which character is obsessed with his own appearance and falls in love with his reflection? Reveal Answer Narcissus, mentioned in ‘Twelfth Night’ 27. Which play’s subtitle is ‘What You Will’? Reveal Answer Twelfth Night 28. Which play is about two sets of identical twins? Reveal Answer The Comedy of Errors 29. Who is the fairy king in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’? Reveal Answer Oberon 30. Which character says ‘Out, damned spot! Out, I say!’? Reveal Answer Lady Macbeth 31. In which play does a jealous king accuse his wife of infidelity? Reveal Answer The Winter’s Tale 32. Which of Shakespeare’s characters is known for saying ‘Et tu, Brute?’? Reveal Answer Julius Caesar 33. Which play is set in the Forest of Arden? Reveal Answer As You Like It 34. Who says ‘A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!’? Reveal Answer Richard III 35. Which character pretends to be a man named Cesario? Reveal Answer Viola in Twelfth Night 36. In which play do three sisters wish to go to Moscow? Reveal Answer This is a trick question. It’s from ‘Three Sisters’ by Anton Chekhov, not Shakespeare. 37. Which of Shakespeare’s plays is set in Egypt and features Cleopatra? Reveal Answer Antony and Cleopatra 38. Who is the king of the fairies in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’? Reveal Answer Oberon 39. Which play features a mischievous sprite named Ariel? Reveal Answer The Tempest 40. Who is Prospero’s brother in ‘The Tempest’? Reveal Answer Antonio 41. Which of Shakespeare’s characters has a wife named Desdemona? Reveal Answer Othello 42. Which play features the line ‘Beware the ides of March’? Reveal Answer Julius Caesar 43. Who is the protagonist in ‘The Merchant of Venice’? Reveal Answer Antonio 44. Which Shakespearean character has a wife named Portia? Reveal Answer Brutus in Julius Caesar 45. Which play features the line ‘All that glisters is not gold’? Reveal Answer The Merchant of Venice 46. In ‘Richard III’, who is depicted as a hunchback? Reveal Answer Richard 47. Which play features a Duke named Orsino? Reveal Answer Twelfth Night 48. In which play does a storm play a crucial role in the opening scene? Reveal Answer The Tempest 49. Who is the Prince of Tyre in one of Shakespeare’s plays? Reveal Answer Pericles 50. Which play’s main character laments over Yorick’s skull? Reveal Answer Hamlet