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QUIZ! Shakespeare – The Histories

In honour of Mr Shakespeare’s birthday on April 23rd, a short series of quizzes on all things Shakespeare.

These questions have been adapted from the For Reading Addicts Big Book of Shakespeare Quizzes which is on sale at:


  • Question /

    Henry IV part 1 was Shakespeare’s best-selling printed play in his lifetime: true or false?

    • True
    • False
  • Question /

    What is the name of Mistress Quickly’s tavern in Henry IV part 1, frequented by the young Prince and his drinking buddies?

    • The Boar’s Head
    • The Garter
  • Question /

    In Henry IV part 2 what is Falstaff arrested for?

    • Debt
    • Disorder
  • Question /

    In Henry IV part 2 who says: ‘He hath eaten me out of house and home.’

    • Mistress Quickly
    • Doll Tearsheet
  • Question /

    Finish the opening line of Henry V: ‘O, for a muse of —.’

    • fire
    • words
  • Question /

    What is the name of the French princess wooed by Henry V?

    • Catherine
    • Isabel
  • Question /

    In Henry VI part 1 which colour rose represents the House of York?

    • White
    • Red
  • Question /

    In Henry VI part 1 how does Joan la Pucelle claim to know how to beat the English?

    • She has visions
    • She’s a spy
  • Question /

    Henry VI part 2 has the largest amount of something in Shakespeare’s works: speeches or cast?

    • Cast
    • Speeches
  • Question /

    Finish the line from Henry VI part 2: ‘The first thing we do, let’s kill all the —.’

    • Lawyers
    • Politicians
  • Question /

    In Henry VI part 3 who is NOT one of the Plantagenet brothers: Richard or Edgar?

    • Edgar
    • Richard
  • Question /

    Henry VI part 3 contains the longest what in the canon: soliloquy or scene?

    • Soliloquy
    • Scene
  • Question /

    What ‘special effect’, in Henry VIII, resulted in the original Globe Theatre burning down?

    • Cannon Fire
    • Fireworks
  • Question /

    What is Henry VIII disguised as when he meets Anne Bullen (Boleyn)?

    • A shepherd
    • A sailor
  • Question /

    King John is one of only two Shakespeare plays written how: prose or verse?

    • Verse
    • Prose
  • Question /

    In King John what is the name of the Queen-Mother?

    • Elinor
    • Blanche
  • Question /

    Richard II is accused of wasting money waging a war where?

    • Ireland
    • France
  • Question /

    In Richard II which character speaks the famous ‘This sceptr’d Isle speech?

    • John of Gaunt
    • King Richard
  • Question /

    In Richard III what relationship are ‘the princes in the tower’ to Richard?

    • Nephews
    • Cousins
  • Question /

    Finish the opening line of Richard III: ‘Now is the winter of our discontent/Made glorious summer by this — of York.’

    • Sun
    • Son

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