"He was the man not only of his epoch, but the man of all times"
a quiz about his life and his immortal works
(to the 400th anniversary of his death)
1. When was Shakespeare born?
2. W. Shakespeare was born on 23 August. This day is considered to be the Day of ...
a. St. Patrick, patron of Ireland.
b. St. George, patron of England.
c. St. Andrew, patron of Scotland.
d. St. Sergey Radonezhsky.
3. Where was Shakespeare born?
a. Stratford, England.
b. Stratford, the USA
c. Stratford, Australia.
d. Stratford, Canada.
4. What river does Stratford stand upon?
5. What does his surname in translation mean?
a. Shaking with a sword.
b. Shaking with a bow.
c. Shaking with a gun.
d. Shaking with a spear.
6. What was John's (William's father's) occupation?
a. He was a shoe-maker.
b. He was a hat-maker.
c. He was a glove-maker.
d. He was a dress-maker.
7. What did William's father pay big fines for?
a. He often broke road rules.
b. He didn't visit Sunday service in church.
c. He was a regular pub-goer and a heavy drinker.
d. He often had rows with his neighbours.
8. William was the ... child in the family.
9. How many children were born in John Shakespeare's family?
8. At what age did William marry Anne Hatteway?
a. At the age of 18.
b. At the age of 28.
c. At the age of 38.
d. At the age of 48.
9. How many daughters were born in William and Anne' family?
10. What was W. Shakespeare's son's name?
11. What was William's first position in the theatre?
a. He was an actor.
b. He was a director.
c. He was a stage worker.
d. He was a groom.
12. In 1594 William became the co-owner of the theatrical company. What was its name?
a. "King's servants".
b. "Lord- Chamberlain's servants".
c. "Queen's servants".
d. "People's servants".
13. In 1599 the company built a new theatre on the southern bank of the Thames. How was it called?
a. "The Planet".
b. "The Globe".
c. "The Great".
d. "Our world".
14. What was the reason for the fire due to which the theatre was completely ruined?
a. It was the enemies' arson.
b. It took place during the Great Fire of London.
c. The reason is still unknown.
d. During the performance the cannon on the stage shot and the straw roof of the theatre set on fire.
15. Why wasn't William as a playwright famous during his lifetime?
a. Theatrical art was considered to be entertainment for the low class.
b. The name of the author was concealed due to some reasons.
c. There were a lot of other more successful writers.
d. His works were not interesting for his contemporaries.
16. Only in the year of 1597 the name of William Shakespeare appeared on the front list of the written edition of his play. What was the name of the play?
a. "Midsummer night's dream".
b. "Much ado about nothing".
c. "Fruitless efforts of love".
d. "Comedy of errors".
17. How many plays did Shakespeare write?
18. How many sonnets did Shakespeare write?
19. What is a sonnet?
a. A poem of 12 lines.
b. A poem of 14 lines.
c. A poem of 16 lines.
d. A poem of any number of lines.
20. What is sonnet № 126 distinguished by?
a. It has more lines than all the rest sonnets.
b. It has less lines than all the rest sonnets.
c. It is devoted to W. Shakespeare's mother.
d. It is not rhymed.
20. What is the title of the only tragedy where a noble man is transformed into a villain?
b. "King Lear".
d. "Romeo and Juliet".
21. What character from W. Shakespeare's plays is called "Zero without figures" by his own jester (clown)?
a. King Lear.
b. Prince Hamlet.
d. Henry VI.
22. What is the name of the first printed Shakespeare's work?
a. "Merchant of Venice".
b. "Two gentlemen from Verona".
c. "Venus and Adonis".
d. "Midsummer night's dream".
23. What is the name of the wittiest female character from the play "Much ado about nothing"?
24. In what comedy does the monologue of one of the characters begin with the well-known words: "The whole world is the theatre, the people are the actors..."
a. "How would you like that?"
b. "The twelfth night".
c. "Midsummer night's dream".
d. "The taming of the Shrew".
25. What was the name of the third King Lear's daughter, at whose place he found shelter in the long run?
26. Where did the action of the tragedy "Hamlet" take place?
27. What does the name of one of the female characters "Desdemona" mean?
d. Jealous man's wife.
28. In what work did Shakespeare describe the War of Red and White Roses?
b. Henry VI.
c. Julius Caesar.
d. Timmons from Athens.
29. What Russian composer wrote music to the ballet "Romeo and Juliet"?
a. P. Tchaikovsky.
b. S. Prokofiev.
c. M. Glinka.
d. M. Mussorgsky.
30. What composer was the author of music in the opera "Othello"?
31. What character said the following: "Our personality is a garden, our will is its gardener".
a. Yago ("Othello").
b. Juliet (Romeo and Juliet").
c. The first fisherman ("Pericles").
d. Martsell ("Hamlet")
32. Who of the characters said: "Words are like a wind, rude words are like a draught which is rather harmful"?
a. Sitsiny ("Coriolanus").
b. Gratian ("A merchant from Venice").
c. Turio ("Two gentlemen from Verona").
d. Beatrice ("Much ado about nothing").
33. W. Shakespeare died at the age of ...
a. 42 years old.
b. 52 years old.
c. 62 years old.
d. 72 years old.
34. Where was he buried?
a. In St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
b. In Westminster Abbey in London.
c. In Hole Trinity Church in Stratford.
d. On city cemetery not far from Stratford.
35. What geographical object bears the name of W. Shakespeare?
a. The Channel in the North Sea.
b. The Crater on the Mercury.
c. The Mount in Scotland.
d. The Lake on the Moon.
36. Who was the last straight Shakespeare's descendant?
a. His elder daughter's daughter called Elizabeth.
b. His granddaughter's daughter called Helen.
c. His younger daughter's daughter called Ann.
d. His younger daughter's son called Thomas.
37. Who translated Shakespeare's sonnets into the Russian language?
a. S. Marshak.
b. R. Chukovsky.
c. A. Akhmatova.
d. I. Brodsky.
38. How was the poet-translator awarded for his work?
a. He got the Nobel prize.
b. He got the Lenin prize.
c. He got the Stalin prize.
d. He got the prize of the Soviet Writers' Union.
39. Who translated the dramatic works of Shakespeare into the Russian language?
a. S. Shenbaum.
b. T.L. Tsepkina-Kupernik.
c. L.N. Tolstoy.
d. F. Bomont.
40. What modern work of literature is based on Shakespeare's tragedies?
a. "The secret of Shakespeare" by J.L. Carrell.
b. "The enigma of Shakespeare" by J.L. Carrell .
c. "The error of Shakespeare" by J.L. Carrell.
d. "The trick of Shakespeare" by J.L. Carrell .