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QUIZ! Shakespeare – The Tragedies

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 of

    In Antony and Cleopatra how does Cleopatra kill herself?

    • Snake bite
    • Drinks poison
  • Question of

    In Coriolanus why are the people rioting?

    • Famine
    • Taxation
  • Question of

    In which poem by TS Eliot is Coriolanus mentioned?

    • The Wasteland
    • Prufrock
  • Question of

    What is the name of Cymbeline’s daughter?

    • Imogen
    • Nerissa
  • Question of

    In which Beckett play do two characters try to remember a line from Cymbeline?

    • Happy Days
    • Waiting for Godot
  • Question of

    In Hamlet how did King Hamlet die?

    • Poison poured into his ear
    • Stabbed in his sleep
  • Question of

    Who wrote the 2017 novel, Nutshell, that has the unborn Hamlet viewing the shenanigans between Trudy and Claude?

    • Ian McEwan
    • Zadie Smith
  • Question of

    In Julius Caesar who speaks the most lines: Caesar or Brutus?

    • Brutus
    • Caesar
  • Question of

    Which contemporary YA novel by John Green takes its title from Cassius’ speech?

    • The Fault in Our Stars
    • The Dogs of War
  • Question of

    What is the pecking order of King Lear’s daughters?

    • Goneril, Regan, Cordelia
    • Regan, Goneril, Cordelia
  • Question of

    How many ‘witches’ appear in Macbeth?

    • 4
    • 3
  • Question of

    Who wrote the 1929 novel, The Sound and the Fury, which takes its title from Macbeth?

    • William Faulkner
    • F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Question of

    What is the first gift that Othello gives to Desdemona?

    • A handkerchief
    • A bracelet
  • Question of

    What is the name of Tracy Chevalier’s 2017 version of Othello that transposes the story to a modern high school?

    • New Boy
    • The Outcast
  • Question of

    Finish the line from Romeo and Juliet: ‘That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as —.’

    • sweet
    • fragrant
  • Question of

    Which playwright wrote the screenplay for the 2021 Spielberg version of West Side Story, the musical based on Romeo and Juliet?

    • Tony Kushner
    • Stephen Karam
  • Question of

    What does Timon of Athens throw at his disloyal guests?

    • Dishes
    • Wine
  • Question of

    Which political writer quoted from Timon of Athens to show the amoral power of money?

    • Karl Marx
    • Lenin
  • Question of

    What does Titus Andronicus make for dinner?

    • Pie
    • Soup
  • Question of

    In Troilus and Cressida what is the name of Priam’s daughter, the prophetess?

    • Cassandra
    • Alexandria

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