Where was Shakespeare born?
Stratford Upon Avon
What happened to Shakespeare's two older sister?
They died in infancy
What was Shakespeare's father's trade?
He was a glove maker
What political offices did Shakespeare's father hold?
A councilman and later mayor
What was the most valuable commodity in England when shakespeare was growing up?
How did Shakespeare's father supplement his income?
By dealing in an illegal wool trade
What was Shakespeare's mother's family name?
Who was Shakespeare's favorite poet when he was growing up?
What was the name of the play Shakespeare and his fellow classmates did when in school?
Ralph Roister Doister
10. What was Shakespeare's wife's maiden name?
a. Anne Hathaway
11. Was Shakespeare protestant or catholic?
1. Was Shakespeare protestant or catholic?
1. What was the name of the Jesuit priest the Pope sent to England to secretly convert the country back to Catholicism?
13. Why were there such good records of everything that happened in Shakespeare's day?
a. Back then England was a police state
Who was the first man caught in the gunpowder plot?
a. Guy Fawkes
15. Who did those in the Gunpowder plot intend to blow up?
a. King James in Parliament
16. What year was Macbeth written?
a. 1605-6...right after the gunpowder plot
17. Why did Shakespeare write Macbeth so shortly after the gunpowder plot?
a. He probably did so to show King James what he thought of rebellion and disloyalty...to separate himself from disloyal Catholics.
18. What day of the year do the Brits celebrate the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot?
a. November 5th
19. Macbeth was written shortly after the gunpowder Plot. In Macbeth, Shakespeare appeals to King James' pride by including one of the King's ancestors in the story. Who was it?
20. Who are the only characters on stage in the opening scene of Macbeth?
a. The Weird Sisters
21. What is the significance of the phrase "fair is foul and foul is fair?"
a. It tells the reader nothing is quite what it seems in Macbeth
22. When the sergeant gives the King his report in Act 1 to what does he compare the two struggling armies?
23. What does the sergeant compare Macbeth and Banquo to when he tells Duncan how savagely they tore into the Norwegians?
a. He compares them to cannons loaded with twice as much powder as they should be
24. Macbeth and Banquo fought 2 battles back to back. Who did they fight against?
a. Macdonwald and the Norwegians
25. What did the original Thane of Cawdor do to lose his title?
a. He betrayed his country.
26. Macbeth first met the Weird Sisters returning home. Where had he been?
a. In battle.
27. What are Macbeth's and Banquo's response when the Weird Sisters disappear after their first meeting?
a. They wonder if they were hallucinating
28. How does Lady Macbeth respond when she finds out Duncan is coming to their castle?
a. She gets giddy with excitement over the prospect of killing him.
29. What does lady Macbeth mean when she asks murdering Spirits to "unsex her?"
a. She wants them to get rid of her feminine kindness
30. Why is the scene describing the Outside of Macbeth's castle included?
a. To show they can't tell what is underneath simply by looking at the outside of something.
31. What covers the outside of Macbeth's castle that seems to make it seem so safe?
lots of birds nests
32. When Macbeth tries to back out of killing Duncan, Lady Macbeth lets him have it. What does she accuse him of?
a. not loving her, being a liar, and being a coward
33. What is Macbeth's relationship with Duncan?
a. He is both subject and cousin.
34. When Lady Macbeth accuses Macbeth of going back on his word she says she would rather do something really gruesome than break a promise. What does she say?
a. She says she has nursed a baby and would rather take a baby from her breast and smash it against a wall than break such a promise
35. When Lady Macbeth Makes the point about having nursed a baby it raises an interesting question. What is it?
a. What happened to the baby she nursed.
36. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 5 to put on a false face. She then uses a wonderful metaphor to drive home her point. What is it?
a. She tells him to look like a flower but be a serpent hidden underneath it.
37. What does Banquo say when at the end of Act 1 Macbeth asks him to stick with him?
a. He says she will if he can keep his conscience clear doing so.
38. Before Macbeth kills Duncan he hallucinates. What does he see?
a. a bloody dagger floating in the air in front of him
39. Why is Lady Macbeth unable to kill Duncan when she has the chance?
a. He looked to much like her daddy.
40. What is a primary purpose of the drunken porter scene?
a. comic relief
41. What is ironic about the drunken porter playing like he is opening the door to hell?
a. Because what has just gone on inside is hellish.
42. Who is knocking at the gates as the Macbeths complete the murder of Duncan? Why is it foreshadowing.
a. It is Macduff; later on he is the one that exposes and kills Macbeth.
43. To what mythological character is the sight of Duncan's murder compared?
a. To seeing the Gorgon....which turned men to stone (her other name was Medusa)
44. Who flees Scotland immediately after Duncan's murder?
a. Malcolm and Donaldbain
45. Why do Malcolm and Donaldbain flee Scotland when their father is killed?
a. They do not know who to trust.
46. Right after Duncan is murdered, Ross and old man are talking about some strange things that happened. What were the two things they mentioned?
a. A small owl had killed a falcon and Duncan's horses had eaten each other.
47. Why is Ross' comment about a small owl killing a falcon important?
a. Because it is so unnatural just like Duncan's death. That is, Duncan was killed by something far inferior.
48. Who does Macbeth fear may benefit from his murder of Duncan?
a. Banquo's sons
49. Which prophecy does not come true during the course of the play?
a. Banquo's sons will be kings.
50. How do the murderers sent to kill Banquo leave the job incomplete?
a. They let Fleance escape
51. Who actually kills Macbeth, ending his tyrannical reign?
52. What three things do the Weird Sisters tell Macbeth in their second meeting?
a. Beware the Thane of Fife
b. Not to worry until the Forrest known as Birnum Wood starts coming toward his castle
c. That no man born of woman can hurt him
53. During his second visit with the Witches, what is the last piece of information Macbeth demands to know?
a. Whether Banquo's son will really be kings
54. Malcolm lies to Macduff saying that he will be worse than Macbeth. Why?
a. To test Macduff
55. What symptom does Lady Macbeth exhibit to the Doctor?
a. She sleepwalks and rubs her hands together while she walks as if washing them
56. Who is the goddess of witchcraft in the play?
57. How does Macbeth suggest the Doctor cure Lady Macbeth?
a. By erasing her memories
58. Besides killing Duncan and Banquo, whom else does Macbeth kill? Why is it so tragic?
a. He kills Lady Macduff and her small son. It is tragic because Macduff had fled thinking Macbeth would not dare to hurt his family.
59. What nation's army does Malcolm bring with him to Scotland to overthrow Macbeth?
60. Why is Macbeth fearless in the final battle?
a. The Witches told him no man born of a woman could harm him.
61. What happens to Lady Macbeth at the end of the play?
a. She kills herself
62. What is Macbeth's reaction to Lady Macbeth killing herself?
a. He seems ambivalent...he only says that it should have occurred later.
63. Where did Scottish coronations always occur?
64. Who is Duncan in the play Macbeth?
a. The king of Scotland
65. Who is the character Macduff in the play Macbeth?
a. He is the Thane of Fife and that man that finally kills Macbeth.
a. a nobleman, something like a Duke.
a. It is either the name of the hill where Macbeth's castle stood or perhaps the name of the castle itself.
a. He is an English general helping Malcolm regain his kingdom.
a. A nobleman loyal to Duncan and to Malcolm.
a. Banquo's son and King James ancestor
a. Goddess of witchcraft.... master of the Weird Sisters
73. Who are the three traitors in the play Macbeth?
b. The original Thane of Cawdor
74. "Birnum Wood"
a. Forrest near Macbeth's castle
75. But now I am cabin'd, cribb'd, donfin'd, bound in to saucy doubts and fears... is an example of what literary advice?
76. What man dare, I dare. Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear, is an example of what literary device?
77. The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, is an example of what literary device?
78. The Raven himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements. is an example of what literary device?
79. At the beginning of the play Macbeth cuts off the head of the traitor Macdonwald. Why is that both ironic and foreshadowing?
a. Because at the end of the play he will have his own head cut off by Macduff.
80. What is the climax of Macduff?
a. When Macbeth kills Duncan
81. Where is the fatal decision in Macbeth?
a. The fatal decision occurs at the end of Act 1, When Macbeth commits to killing Duncan.
82. What s Macbeth's tragic flaw?
a. unbridled ambition
83. What is the one rule of English tragedy that Macbeth violates?
a. Macbeth does not seem to have any moment of tragic insight
84. There are a number of symbols used in Macbeth. What are the two most prominent and what do they symbolize?
a. darkness and blood; they symbolize evil and guilt
i. a literary technique where every aspect of a story is representative, usually symbolic, of something else
i. repetition of vowel sounds to create internal rhyming within phrases or sentences
i. the repetition of initial consonant sound.
i. An extended literary device in the epic genre, which may repeat or develop a figure up to fifty or a hundred lines.
i. a category, or type, of literature
i. Language used in literature to create word pictures for the reader by details of sight, sound, touch, smell, or movement
i. Occurs when the rhyming words appear in the same line
i. A figure of speech that directly compares two unlike things
i. The general sense or feeling which the reader is supposed to get from the text
i. A type of figurative language in which a non-human subject is given human characteristics
i. A type of figurative language in which the word like or as is used to make a comparison between two basically unlike ideas
i. Emotional sate, or "attitude", of the speaker or narrator or narrative voice, as conveyed through the language of the piece
2. The story, A Rose for Emily, takes place in a southern town named...
3. The best description of Miss Emily in a Rose for Emily would be...
a. A poor, snobbish, old spinster (old maid)
4. Miss Emily first had a problem with the city council of the town where she lived because of...
Her unpaid taxes
5. Homer Barron came to Miss Emily's hometown in his job with...
a. Sidewalk construction company
6. What reason did Miss Emily give the druggist for wanting to buy poison?
a. She didn't say what her reason was.
THE LION, THE WITCH
AND THE WARDROBE
7. In the story the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe the "Stone Table" is an allegorical image. It stands for
The stone tables
8. The other allegorical image in the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is Aslan himself. He is an allegorical figure symbolizing
THE MEDICI: GODFATHER'S
OF THE RENAISSANCE
9. The Renaissance begins when Cosimo de Medici and his friends search Europe for
10. The architect and engineer responsible for finishing the dome on the Florence Cathedral was
11. Because of Medici patronage, Florence had most of the famous ARTISTS in the Renaissance.
12. Construction had fallen on hard times before the Renaissance partly because engineers had lost the ability to
13. Dante Alighieri was not a lifelong resident of Rome.
14. Dante Alighieri was not born in 1365 AD.
15. The love of Dante's life was named Beatrice.
16. Beatrice and Dante were not married and did not have three children.
17. Dante's political party was overthrown while he was away from home. As a result, he was never able to return home again.
18. Dante's great work, the Divine Comedy, was not written in French instead of Latin.
19. The Divine Comedy is composed of three parts, the Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradisio
20. The Divine comedy is not 150 Cantos long.
21. The main character is Dante himself.
22. The Divine Comedy is deeply allegorical.
23. How old is Dante in Canto 1?
24. During what religious celebration or holy day does the story in the Inferno take place.
25. Who is Virgil and what does he represent in Dante's story?
a. He is a Roman Poet, and he represents human wisdom.
26. Where do Virgil and Dante travel in Canto 2?
a. They don't travel anywhere really. They stay in one place as Virgil answers Dante's question about how he came to Dante.
27. Who is ultimately responsible (if you trace it back to the beginning) for sending Virgil to Dante?
28. Why is Virgil so quick to comply with the request to help Dante on his journey?
a. He wants to please the person who asks him to help.
29. What is the first thing Dante sees in Canto III? What is its significance?
a. Sees the banner above hell. It symbolizes the wickedness from hell.
30. What group does Dante see in the Foyer of hell? That is, who is the group that they first see before they get to the river.
a. The people that are not good enough to go to heaven, but not bad enough to go to hell.
31. Who is the character Charon? How does he respond to Dante? That is, what does he say to Dante?
a. Charon is the ferryman who takes the dead across the river of Acheron and he tells Dante that he can not take him across because he is not dead.
32. To what does Dante compare the souls leaving the shore of Acheron? What literary term is used?
a. He says that they are like falling autumn leaves. It is a simile.
33. What does Dante have happen to his character at the end of Canto 3? Why?
a. He has him faint again because of the earthquake because he wants to get to the next Canto without talking, and to get there fast.
34. Who dwells in the first Circle of Hell? What is their punishment?
a. Pagans, and unbaptized children. They can't go to heaven.
35. Name two or three of the characters who Virgil says were eventually able to leave Limbo for Paradise?
a. The OT saints, and apostles.
36. Who leads the characters of Limbo? What is he called in this Canto? What is the event called in Roman Catholic theology?
a. Jesus. The might One. The Harrowing of Hell.
37. List the four poets whom Dante identifies in Canto 4?
38. Who assigns each sinner to a particular circle of hell?
39. What was the sin of the first people Dante encounters in Canto V? How are they being punished? Why is their punishment appropriate?
a. The people that went down the wrong path, their punishment was a wind blew them around through hell so they didn't know where they were going. It's appropriate because it is the opposite of that they were use to.
40. Name two of the Characters that dwell in Circle 2?
a. Francesca & Helen & Cleopatra
41. One of the characters in Canto 5 mentions a book that got her and her lover in trouble. What was the book about? What did it lead to?
a. Lancelot and Gweniviere. It was about love at first sight. It lead to them falling in love and being killed by her angry husband.
i. Introduction to scene, action and characters
i. Increased tension as the story gets under way
i. High point of tension/most emotional part of the story
i. Climax working itself out in the story.
i. The end result and thereafter
i. A character that contrasts with another character
i. A pattern from which other characters are made
i. A long speech revealing a character's thoughts
i. Hints and clues of what will happen in the end
i. Lines delivered not meant to be heard by others
i. When a character's line means the opposite of what they say
i. When the actions in the play are the opposite of the truth
6 elements of an Elizabethan tragedy
a. Hero is noble character (prince/king)
b. Has one and only one tragic flaw
c. Tragic flaw leads to tragic decision
d. Tragic decision leads to tragic fall
e. Fall will produce a moment of awareness or enlightenment in him regarding the fall
f. Order restored, audience feels empathy and release with fallen hero
3. In Elizabethan tragedy, the story in the play does not take place in a 24 hour period
4. There is not three acts in an Elizabethan tragedy
5. Comic relief is often inserted in Elizabethan tragedy to give the audience a release from tension
6. Elizabethan tragedies are often morality plays with lessons on good versus evil.
7. Plato did not first identify the various elements of dramatic tragedy.
8. Elizabethan tragedy includes supernatural elements or characters
9. Where did Marlowe grow up and go to school?
10. Christopher Marlowe was born February
11. Christopher Marlowe's first famous play was
12. Christopher Marlowe was educated at what university?
13. Marlowe's university refused to give him his master's degree because of absences. Someone intervened however. Who was it?
a. Queen Elizabeth
14. After Marlowe's death, his roommate said many bad things about Marlowe. The roommate's name was
15. Marlowe was killed or murdered by..
16. Marlowe was accused of many bad things. The one thing we know is that he was a
17. Faustus was born in
18. Faustus attended university in...
19. Faustus received his doctor's degree in
20. Faustus is compared to which mythological character that soared too high because of pride?
21. Faustus disliked Romans 3:23 and dismissed it because he thought it was
22. At the beginning of the play Faustus wants Wagner to go and fetch two friends. Their names are
a. Cornelius and Valdes
23. The first thing Faustus asks Mephistophilis about after conjuring him up is
a. Lucifer and hell
24. The story of Faustus takes place in a university town made famous by
25. In the play, both a "good angel" and a "bad angel" constantly appeal to Faustus. They represent
a. His conscience
26. In Act 1: Scene 2, Wagner meets a couple of scholars looking for Faustus. He treats them
a. With contempt and sarcasm
27. Which of the following things does Faustus not use in his ceremony to call up Mephistophilis?
a. the blood of a newborn infant
28. When Mephistophilis first comes up he is too ugly for Faustus to look at. Faustus sends him away and asks him to return as
a. A Franciscan Friar
29. For what length of time does Faustus want Mephistophilis to serve him?
a. 24 years
30. When does Faustus want Mephistophilis to return with Lucifer's answer to his request
31. What are the names of the two demons Wagner sicks on the clown he is trying to force to be his servant?
a. Ballios and Belcher
32. What sin is Faustus demonstrating when he makes the remark that the "Signiory of Emden shall be mine?"
33. When Mephistophilis returns and says that Satan has agreed to Faustus' proposal, he requires something of Faustus. What was it?
a. A deed written in blood
34. Faustus agrees but has a problem when his body won't cooperate. First, his BLOOD stops and then a message appears on his arm which says HOMO FUGE.
35. Mephistophilis gives 2 reasons for Lucifer wanting Faustus' soul. First he says he wants to INCREASE his kingdom and secondly he says MISERY loves COMPANY.
36. The first physical thing Faustus asks Mephistophilis to provide him is a WIFE but Mephistophilis gives him something different that what he asks for.
37. Two comic characters are introduced next. They are servants named RALPH and ROBIN.
38. One of them has stolen one of Faustus' conjuring books and brags he can get DRUNK without expense.
39. The lesser of the two characters becomes very interested when he is promised he can have the kitchen maid named NAN SPIT.
40. At the end of Act 2, Faustus decides to repent but changes his mind when he is visited by LUCIFER, MEPHISTOPHLIS, and BELZEBUB.
41. In Act 3, Faustus and Mephistophilis torment the POPE by crashing a holy feast. Faustus snatches a CUP out of his hand and hits him on the EAR.
42. The scene is intended to show how much Faustus has declined due to his relationship with Mephistophilis. A reader can tell that by his general lack of RESPECT for holy things.
43. In the scene that follows, ROBIN and RAFE accidentally call up Mephistophilis. He is annoyed with them simply because he is not used to dealing with such lowlife characters and turns the pair into a MONKEY and a DOG.
44. In act 4, Faustus meets with the Emperor. The Emperor requests that Faustus make ALEXANDER the GREAT to appear along with PARAMOUR.
45. After his visit with the Emperor, Faustus starts home. Along the way he meets the HORSECOURSER who wants to buy Faustus' HORSE.
46. Faustus finally relents and sells the man what he wants with a warning. The warning was not to LEAD THE HORSE IN WATER.
47. When the man returns to complain about his purchase, he finds Faustus ASLEEP. He grabs his LEG and something dreadful happens.
48. At the end of Act 4, Faustus meets with the DUKE of Vanholt. He performs some magic for him and then asks his wife if he can do anything special for her. All she wants is GRAPES.
49. At the start of Act 5, Faustus reaches home and meets with some of his students and scholar friends. They ask him to produce HELEN which he agrees to do.
50. In act 5, an old man appears to Faustus. It is his appearance in the play. The character he replaces in the story is the GOOD ANGEL.
51. Faustus Seriously considers repenting at the end of the play but is threatened by Mephistophilis who promises to HURT HIM/TEAR HIM TO PIECES.
52. Faustus agrees to give up repenting if he can have HELEN.
53. Seven deadly Sins