The Art of Darkness

Trivia Tuesday

June 4th, 2013 by Cobwebs

(No prizes, but if you can answer them all without googling you get bragging rights.)

  1. The name of this play is widely considered to be unlucky to say aloud, and is thus often referred to as “The Scottish Play.”
  2. Which Shakespearean play features the greatest number of ghosts?
    A) Hamlet
    B) Richard III
    C) Cymbeline
    D) Julius Caesar
    E) The Winter’s Tale
  3. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, who is the King of the Fairies?
  4. One of the many omens which foretold Caesar’s murder in Julius Caesar was this person’s dream about Romans washing their hands in his blood.
    A) Cicero
    B) Portia
    C) Brutus
    D) Calpurnia
    E) Pindarus
  5. Anne Francis starred in Forbidden Planet, a classic science fiction movie based on which Shakespearean play?
  6. The tragedy of Othello culminates in Othello’s murder of whom?
    A) Bianca
    B) Desdemona
    C) Emilia
    D) Hermione
    E) Miranda
  7. “The quality of mercy,” a phrase much-borrowed to title everything from punk albums to episodes of The Twilight Zone, comes from a speech in which Shakespearean play?
  8. Double Falshood is a 1727 play which most scholars agree probably contains fragments of this “lost” work by Shakespeare and John Fletcher.
    A) Love’s Labour’s Won
    B) Sir Thomas More
    C) Edmund Ironside
    D) Timon of Athens
    E) Cardenio
  9. Although modern productions usually portray her as being in her late teens, how old was Juliet in the original play?
  10. One of Shakespeare’s best-known speeches, beginning, “Once more unto the breach, dear friends…” appears in which play?
    A) King John
    B) Richard II
    C) Henry IV, Part I
    D) Henry V
    E) Henry VIII

(Answers below the fold)

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