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Where was William Shakespeare born?
Stratford upon Avon
What was Shakespeare's most popular play?
Romeo and Juliet
How many plays did Shakespeare write?
True/False Shakespeare performed in his own plays.
"To Be or Not To Be" comes from what play?
What was the name of Shakespeare's wife?
What happened to the Globe theatre in 1613?
It burned down.
What does Sam Wanamaker have to do with Shakespeare?
He had a vision to rebuild to Shakespeare's Globe theatre to what it is today.
How old was Shakespeare when he died?
How many children did Shakespeare have?
On what day did Shakespeare reportedly die?
On his birthday April 23rd
What did Shakespeare leave his wife in his will?
His 2nd best bed
What was the name of the acting troupe that Shakespeare worked with?
Lord Chamberlain's Men
True/False Shakespeare left school early to help father.
True/False Shakespeare had to ask his parents permission to get married.
Which of Shakespeare's plays is produced most often?
Romeo and Juliet
How many sonnets did Shakespeare write?
True/False Shakespeare was friends with Queen Elizabeth I?
What is Shakespeare's shortest play?
Comedy of Errors
True/False Shakespeare never published any of his plays.
How many brothers and sisters did Shakespeare have?
What were the names of Shakespeare's children?
Susanna, Judith, and Hamnet
How old was Hamnet when he died?
Eleven. It's possible that he died of Typhoid fever.
What play did Shakespeare write after the death of his son?
What play was banished from the English stage for making fun of the King?
True/False Shakespeare was an Elizabethan writer.
False. Most people consider Shakespeare's works to be Jacobean.
True/False Romeo and Juliet was originally played by men.
True. Women were not allowed to perform on the stage until the Restoration period.
What is Shakespeare's longest play?
Hamlet. It is IV acts long!
What were the patrons of the Globe Theater who stood in front of the stage in the open air called?
They were called ground-lings and were not allowed to sit during the play. This is true 'til this day.
What happened in England in 1592-1594?
There was an outbreak of the plague and many of the theatre in England were closed including the Globe.
What did Shakespeare do during the plague?
He began to write his sonnets because people were not going to the theater at that time.
What were two nicknames Shakespeare had?
Bard of Avon and Swan of Avon
What is engraved on Shakespeare's grave?
"Curst be he that moves my bones."
What religion was Shakespeare?
After his death, friends reported that he had been Catholic, which was illegal during that time.
True/False Shakespeare spelled his name exactly as we do today.
False. The few documents we have with Shakespeare's signature, all show different spellings, all of them different from how we spell his name today.
It is believed that Shakespeare performed in Hamlet. what role did he play?
True/False Shakespeare based his plays on other plays.
True. Shakespeare based many of his plays on classical works which was common practice at that time.
True/False Shakespeare wrote his sonnets about his wife.
False. It is unknown who the sonnets were about or intended for.
True/False Some people dispute that Shakespeare authored all of his plays and sonnets.
True. Some people believe he did not write the plays and sonnets while other say there is evidence that he did.
What could theatre goers buy during Shakespeare's plays?
Apples. These were often thrown at actors is they were performing badly.
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