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95 Shakespeare Trivia Questions to Test Your Relationship with the Bard

“Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well.” Do you?

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June 20, 2022

The Elizabethan Renaissance gave us some of the best writers the world has ever known, including the Bard himself. William Shakespeare’s plays have confused, enlightened, and inspired generations of readers. Now you can test your knowledge of Shakespeare with our Shakespeare trivia quiz, and bite your thumb at your rivals! 

Trade your kingdom for these Shakespeare trivia questions and answers! Set the scene, dim the lights, and get ready to see if the play’s the thing. These questions will have your history with Shakespeare put to the test. You might know why “all the world’s a stage,” but if you didn’t pay attention in school, your answers might prove, “what fools these mortals be!”

If Shakespeare isn’t exactly your literature style, check out some of our other quizzes, including Book Quotes, Classical Music, or other Famous Authors! To quiz or not to quiz; that is the question!

1. Portia is the heroine of which Shakespeare play?

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2. Now is the winter of our discontent' is a line from which Shakespeare play?

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3. In 'The Taming of the Shrew' - what is the name of the 'shrew'?

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4. In Shakespeare's play 'Richard III' during a battle, Richard offers what in exchange for a horse?

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5. In the play 'Troilus and Cressida' Troilus's father is King of Troy. What is his name?

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6. Who played the role of William Shakespeare in the film 'Shakespeare in Love'?

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1. Though born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare spent much of his career as a playwright and actor in which city?

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2. Who is Propero's daughter in 'Twelfth Night'?

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3. Which Shakespeare character is the victim of a spell that puts a donkey's head on his shoulders?

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4. What were the respective family names of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

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5. Which good-natured braggart appears in Shakespeare's 'Henry IV' and 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'?

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6. Which Shakespeare character is also referred to as the 'Thane of Cawdor'?

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1. In the play Hamlet, the central character refers to the skull of a dead friend by what name?

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2. How many plays did Shakespeare write?

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3. How many suicides are there in Shakespeare plays?

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4. The Nurse is a major character in which Shakespeare play?

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5. The skull of a deceased character called Yorick is featured in which Shakespeare play?

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6. In the 'Merchant of Venice' - who is the 'merchant' of the title?

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1. William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in which town?

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2. In the play Richard III, King Richard is depicted as having what physical deformity?

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3. What position is held by the Shakespeare character Tutus Andronicus?

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4. Richard III was a member of which Royal House?

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5. In the play Hamlet, what is the name of Polonius's daughter?

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6. Prospero is the main character in which Shakespeare play?

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1. Sir Toby Belch is a character from which Shakespeare play?

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2. In the play 'Hamlet', how is Claudius, King of Denmark, related to Hamlet?

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3. In the play 'Macbeth' how is Lady Macbeth related to the central character?

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4. What was the location of the battle in Shakespeare's play Richard III?

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5. In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth becomes king of which country?

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6. Who are the Shakespeare characters Valentine and Proteus?

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1. In Shakespeare's play who killed Macbeth?

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2. The Shakespeare play 'Love's Labour's Lost' was followed by 'Love's Labour's__________?

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3. Which Shakespeare play features fairies called Oberon, Titania and Puck?

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4. What had been the role of the late Yorick in the play 'Hamlet'?

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5. In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, what was Romeo's family name?

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6. Sir John Falstaff is a character who appears in three plays by William Shakespeare. In which of these does he NOT appear?

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1. What was the name of William Shakespeare's wife?

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2. The Cole Porter musical 'Kiss me Kate' is based on which play by William Shakespeare?

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3. Which description would be appropriate for the play 'Titus Andronicus'?

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4. Which of Shakespeare's plays is set in Vienna?

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5. In 'Romeo and Juliet', what is Romeo's surname?

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6. Nick Bottom is a character in which Shakespeare play?

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1. Regan is a daughter of which Shakespeare character?

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2. Complete the title of the play by William Shakespeare- Timon of ???

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3. The 2006 film 'She's the Man', in which a girl pretends to be her brother, is a modern day version of which Shakespeare play?

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4. Kenneth Branagh, Mel Gibson and Ethan Hawke have all played which Shakespearean character on film?

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5. What was the maiden name of Shakespeare's mother, Mary?

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6. Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale' contains the famous stage direction 'Exit stage left - pursued by a _________'?

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1. In the play 'Othello' what position is held by Othello?

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2. Which character in Shakespeare was Prince of Tyre?

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3. Which description would be appropriate for the play 'Romeo and Juliet'?

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4. William Shakespeare 's birthdate is unknown, but he was baptised in April of which year?

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5. Which Shakespeare play opens amid thunder and lightning and a meeting of three witches?

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6. Which Shakespeare play has the story of two sets of identical twins separated at birth as its central theme?

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1. Which description would be appropriate for the play 'Macbeth'?

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2. William Shakespeare had how many daughters?

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3. In the play 'Antony and Cleopatra' - Cleopatra is Queen of which country?

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4. Which Shakespeare character said 'O, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?'?

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5. The line 'To be or not to be' comes from which Shakespeare play?

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6. What is the name of The Queen of the Fairies in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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1. Which Shakespeare play has the subtitle, 'The Moor of Venice'?

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2. Verona is the setting for more than one Shakespeare play. In which country is Verona?

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3. What is the name of the primary antagonist in the Shakespeare play 'Othello'?

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4. Which description would be appropriate for the play 'Love's Labour's Lost'?

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5. Which description would be appropriate for the play 'Twelfth Night'?

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6. Complete the title of the play by William Shakespeare- A Midsummer Night's ???

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1. In which Shakespeare play is there cooking with nose of Turk and Tartar's lips?

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2. What is the fate of Romeo and Juliet in Shakespeare's play?

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3. In the Shakespeare play 'Hamlet', Hamlet is the Prince of which country?

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4. In the play 'King Lear' - Lear is King of what?

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5. In the play 'Hamlet', what is the name of Hamlet's mother?

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6. What is Shakespeare's shortest play?

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1. In the play 'Romeo and Juliet' - Juliet's age is said to be what?

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2. Which name did William Shakespeare give to his son?

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3. The play Macbeth is set in which country?

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4. In the play 'Romeo and Juliet' which title is held by Paris?

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5. In the play 'The Taming of the Shrew', what is the name of Katherina's suitor?

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6. In what year did William Shakespeare die?

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1. In the play 'Othello' what is the name of Othello's wife?

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2. Shylock and Portia are names of characters from which Shakespeare play?

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3. In the play 'Romeo and Juliet', who is Escalus?

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4. Who married Romeo and Juliet?

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5. Which description would be appropriate for the play 'Troilus and Cressida'?

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6. The play 'Romeo and Juliet' is set in which country?

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1. Which description would be appropriate for the play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'?

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2. William Shakespeare is often referred to as the what of Avon?

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3. Mercutio is a character in which play?

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4. Which description would be appropriate for the play 'Henry V'?

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5. In the Shakespeare play 'Julius Caesar', who is Caesar's wife?

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6. Who was the father of Goneril, Regan and Cordelia?

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1. Puck is a character in which Shakespeare play?

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2. In the Shakespeare play 'Cymbeline' - who is Cymbeline?

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3. William Shakespeare was born in which English town?

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4. Be not afeard the isle is full of noises' is a quote from which Shakespearean character?

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5. Who won an Oscar for playing Elizabeth I in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love?

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