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Quiz: how well do you know Shakespeare’s plays?

It’s become a bit of a tradition at OxfordWords to set you quizzes about Shakespeare, and it’s a fitting celebration of his 450th birthday to do so again. In the past we’ve asked you to find out how Shakespearean you are, and whether you can spot the difference between Shakespeare and the Bible. We’ll go a bit easier on you this year, and simply want you to answer these questions related to some of Shakespeare’s most famous lines…

How well do you know Shakespeare’s plays?

Game Over

Which of Shakespeare’s characters described himself as ‘more sinn’d against than sinning’?
A Othello
B King Lear
C Macbeth
D Hamlet
How did Lady Macbeth finish the exclamation ‘Out, damned —‘?
A blemish
B mark
C spot
D stain
Which play opens with the line ‘Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this sun of York’?
A Henry V
B Pericles
C Richard II
D Richard III
In which play is the line ‘All the world’s a stage / And all the men and women merely players’?
A As you like it
B Love’s Labour’s Lost
C A Midsummer Night’s Dream
D Much Ado About Nothing
Which villain says ‘If you prick us, do we not bleed?’?
A Iago in Othello
B Lady Macbeth in Macbeth
C Shylock in The Merchant of Venice
D Demetrius in Titus Andronicus
Which character in Julius Caesar says “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him”?
A Brutus
B Mark Antony
C Octavius
D Julius Caesar
Complete this line from The Tempest: ‘We are such stuff / As dreams are made [?]’
A from
B in
C of
D on
Which play features the line ‘Why, this is very midsummer’s madness’?
A A Midsummer Night’s Dream
B Much Ado About Nothing
C The Taming of the Shrew
D Twelfth Night
Which character in Hamlet advises ‘Neither a borrower nor a lender be’, and whom is he advising?
A Polonius, speaking to Hamlet
B Laertes, speaking to Hamlet
C Polonius, speaking to Laertes
D Hamlet, speaking to Laertes
Complete this line from King Henry IV, Part 2: ‘Uneasy [?] the head that wears a crown’.
A is
B lies
C rests
D sits

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