What Shakespearean tragedy opens in Egypt as Octavius Caesar and the titular general are on the brink of war? Despite the pleas of Caesar's sister/the general's wife, Octavia, they go to war, and the general receives help from his lover, the Queen of Egypt. He becomes angry after losing a sea battle due to the Queen's disloyal fleet, causing the Queen to hide and pretend to have killed herself. The general, in despair, throws himself on a sword, and before dying, learns she is not dead, finds her, and tells her to yield to Caesar's army. Instead, using asps, the Queen kills herself also. What Shakespearean history takes place during the War of the Roses? King Edward IV dies, leaving his underage son as an heir, allowing Edward's brother, the Duke of Gloucester, to act as regent. The Duke locks the princes in a tower, declares them illegitimate, and eventually has them murdered, becoming the new king in the process. Soon, Richmond brings a French army to war against the King, defeats him in battle (a horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!), and is crowned King Henry VII, the first Tudor.
Battle of Bosworth Field
What Shakespearean history tells how the title King defeats the last of the rebels in Britain? His son, Hal, has taken up company with Falstaff again, freeloading at the Boar's Head Inn from Mistress Quickly, but they are quickly summoned back to court to help with the war. Falstaff is in charge of recruiting, but does a terrible job. Hal's brother, John, takes his own army to the field, defeats the rebels, and has the leaders executed. The King, on his deathbed, is convinced that Hal will be a noble leader; and as King, Hal has Falstaff banned from coming within ten miles of him. What Shakespearean comedy opens as the Duke of Vienna appoints Angelo to take charge while he's on vacation? Angelo cracks down hard on the citizens, in one case sentencing Claudio to death for getting his fiancée, Juliet, pregnant. Isabella, Claudio's sister, pleads for his life, but Angelo says she must give him her virginity as a trade. The Duke, in disguise, helps Isabella by getting Angelo's old girlfriend, Mariana, to secretly trade places with her. Angelo decides to execute Claudio anyway, but the Duke returns and stops him. Angelo marries Mariana, Claudio marries Juliet, and the Duke marries Isabella. What Shakespearean play has elements of comedy, tragedy, and history, and is sometimes classified as a romance? It's about the daughter of a British king who is in love with Posthumus, though her evil stepmother wants her to marry her son, Cloten. Posthumus is banished to the Roman Empire, but leaves a bracelet with Imogen as a pledge of love. Posthumus sends Iachimo to Britain to test Imogen's loyalty, but he tricks him by stealing her bracelet, making Posthumus furious and causing Imogen to flee. In the end, Cloten and the Queen die, the Britons win the war against Rome, Iachimo admits his wrongdoing, and Posthumus and Imogen are married. What Shakespearean history opens as the defeated King makes a deal with the victorious Duke of York: after he dies, the house of York can take the throne. York agrees, but Queen Margaret is infuriated, because she wants her son to be king. She raises an army against the Yorkists, killing the Duke and his youngest son, but the Yorks rally back and force the King and Queen to flee. Edward, Son of York, becomes King, but he causes many Yorkists to defect to Margaret's side when he marries Lady Grey instead of the suitor chosen for him. Edward defeats Margaret and her French supporters and stays King. Richard, Edward's brother, murders the old King, plotting to usurp the crown. What Shakespearean comedy has multiple love plots, the most important one between Orlando and Rosalind? The major setting is the Forest of Arden, where princess Rosalind hides in exile, disguised as a shepherd boy named Ganymede. Orlando, hiding from his jealous brother Oliver, is determined to find his old love, Rosalind, and teams up with her exiled father and his men to do so. When Orlando saves Oliver from a lion, they make up. Rosalind is found, and everyone marries whom they're supposed to. Jaques (who gave the "All the world's a stage" monologue), brings news that the king renounced his title, allowing the rightful king to retake his throne. What Shakespearean tragedy's main character is a kind, generous noble that spends way too much money? His steward, Flavius, tells him he's gone bankrupt, and his friends refuse to help him out. He goes to live in a cave, cursing mankind. While digging for roots, he discovers a treasure chest. Then he meets Alcibiades, an exiled noble. He gives Alcibiades a share of the treasure so he can lead an army against their city, which succeeds. Meanwhile, he becomes more reclusive, even sending Flavius away. Alcibiades earns back respect for them both, but by that time, he's been found dead in his cave. What Shakespearean comedy, sometimes classified as a romance, has an imaginary setting where Bohemia has a coastline and Greek oracles are still used? Polixenes is accused of having an affair with Leontes's wife Hermione, causing him to flee to Bohemia. Hermione has a child, whom Leontes disowns and has thrown in the desert. A shepherd discovers her and raises her. Sixteen years later, the son of Polixenes, Florizel, falls in love with the shepherdess, Perdita, marries her, and escapes with her. Leontes's court welcomes them, and the tailing Polixenes. Perdita's true identity is discovered, to everyone's delight, and Hermione, believed dead for 16 years, comes out of hiding. What Shakespearean history is based on the life of an English king who wants to divorce his 20+ year wife, Katherine, in favor of her maid, Anne Boleyn? He asks the help of Cardinal Wolsey, his closest advisor, but Wolsey is in a bind because the court already hates him for killing Buckingham, and now he's about to let the king get divorced, even worse. He sends a message to the Pope asking him to wait on the decision, but the King goes ahead and marries Anne in secret. Wolsey and Katherine die soon after. Lastly, Archbishop Cranmer christens Anne's daughter Elizabeth, foretelling a great reign for her. What Shakespearean tragedy is by far the bloodiest? It opens as a Roman general returns victoriously from a war with the Goths, along with the captive Queen Tamora and her sons, Demetrius and Chiron. Tamora is pure evil: she seduces Emperor Saturnius, orders her sons to rape and mutilate Lavinia, the general's daughter, and she frames the general's sons for murder with the help of her lover, Aaron. At the end, the general invites everyone to a banquet, serving a Demetrius-and-Chiron pie as the main course. The only one left alive after the banquet is Lucius, the general's son, who becomes emperor.