SPOT ON SHAKESPEARE
Life and Times
William Shakespeare and the Internet
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Globe Then and Now
Details from Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love
Lady, my love
and His Work
plays form one of the greatest literary legacies in the world. How many plays
did he write and in what categories are Shakespeare's plays classified? Name
three plays from each category. What was the First Folio?
plays continue to be performed all over the world in hundreds of live theater
performances and festivals. List 10 theaters or companies which are dedicated
to performing the Bard's works. Why is Shakespeare considered the greatest
writer in English literature?
influence is immense. Find three illustrations of Romeo and Juliet. List the
artist, the year and where the work is house, if available. Why did you choose
these illustrations? What do you feel is depicted in each of the illustrations?
What kinds of feelings are evoked in you when looking at these illustrations?
is quoted more often than we realize. Do you know any? Which are the three
most famous ones , say what they mean and in which play and context they occur.
- Under what category
should Romeo and Juliet really be classified? Do you agree? What are the three
most important themes in Romeo and Juliet according to this site? Do you agree?
original home in Stratford-Upon-Avon has been restored and now accomodates
visitors from around the world. One what street was Shakespeare's birthplace
father had a special section of the house designed for his business. What
business what Shakespeare's father in? Was Shakespeare's family 'in good standing'?
Would Shakespeare's family been considered rich or poor?
- Where was Shakespeare
buried? What does his epitaph say?
- Some very important
events mark Shakespeare's life. What happened in Shakespeare's life in the
years 1564? 1577? 1584? 1592? 1594-95?
- There is a period
in Mr. William Shakespeare's life in which scholars have very little information
about Shakespeare. These are often refered to as 'The Lost Years.' What years
are these? What do scholars believe happened during this time?
The debate whether
William Shakespeare actually wrote all his works has been a hot topic since
- What are the
origins of this mystery?
- Three other
possibilities in the authorship debate. Who are these three proposed authors?
- How are they
each believed to be the true author?
- Who are the
Stratfordians and who are the Oxfordians and what do they believe?
- The actor Michael
Dunn plays the role of a famous English detective to find out about Shakespeare.
Who is this detective and what is the name of the writer who created him?
What does the detective conclude ?
School and Times
- Make a list
of the languages the boys learned at school.
- When was the
Education Act enacted? Briefly deescribe the Education Act.
- Where were the
- Who used to
perform the female roles in Shakespeare's times?
- Who composed
Shakespeare's audience? Did the Queen come to the Globe?
Shakespeare and the Globe
- What year did
the original Globe Theatre open?
- Why did they
build The Globe if there was already a theater in London?
- Which play was
being performed when a fire burned down the Globe in 1613?
- Why was it difficult
to have precise facts about the size, shape and location of the original Globe?
- Are there any
differences between the original and the modern Globe? If yes, what?
Take these Shakespeare's
quizzes to see how much you have learnt
3 (doubting the bard)