Good Reading : April 2016
Shakespeare 1. In which year was Shakespeare born? 2.What was the name of Shakespeare’s only son? 3. Who were the two English monarchs who reigned during Shakespeare’s lifetime? 4. What caused the fire that burned down Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in 1613? 5. How many plays and sonnets did Shakespeare write? 6. What is the name of the text that Shakespeare’s friends John Heminges and Henry Condell edited and prepared for publishing in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare died? 7. What are the three broad categories into which Shakespeare’s plays can be assigned? 8. What is the shortest play that Shakespeare wrote? 9. What was the only item that Shakespeare left in his will to his wife, Anne Hathaway? 10. In which play do the following lines appear: Round about the cauldron go/Inthe poisoned entrails throw. 11. What word is used to descr ibe excessive admiration of Shakespeare? ANSWERS: 1. 1564 2. Hamnet 3. Queen Elizabeth I and King James I 4. A theatr ical cannon that was set off dur ing a perfor mance of Henry VIII and which misfired into the wooden beams and thatching of the theatre. 5. 37 plays and 154 sonnets 6. The First Folio 7. Comedies, tragedies and histories 8. The Comedy of Errors (it’s 1770 lines long) 9. His second-best bed 10. Macbeth 11. bardolatry QUIZ GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING APRIL 2016 74 This month we’re commemorating the 400th year since the death on 23 April 1616 of William Shakespeare, the most celebrated and admired playwright not just in the English- speaking world, but across the entire planet. So brush up your Shakespeare and test your knowledge of the Bard. Shakespeare’s lifetime? What caused the fire that burned down Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in 1613? How many plays and sonnets did Condell edited for publishing in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare 9. What was the only item that Shakespeare left in his will to his wife, Anne Hathaway? 10. In which play do the following lines appear: go/Inthe throw. 11. word is used to describe excessive admiration of Shakespeare?