William Shakespeare – Tidbits

by Sankalan Baidya
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William Shakespeare was one of the most famous English poet and playwright. He is considered as the greatest dramatist of this world and also the greatest writer in English language.

Though quite unfair, it is often said that the living reputation of no writer in this world can compare to that of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare was born in hundreds of years back but his work no longer remains restricted to any single age. His work transcends the barrier of time.

There isn’t enough that can be said about William Shakespeare. Only a person with a literary bend of mind and understand his greatness that reflects through his works.

Here in this quick quiz on William Shakespeare, you can find out the extent of knowledge you have on this greater playwright and poet the world has ever seen. So, play!

How many words did William Shakespeare introduce to the English language?

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Oxford English dictionary credited Shakespeare for introducing 3000 words to the English language.

Which is the shortest play of William Shakespeare?

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With just 1,770 lines long, William Shakespeare's shortest play is "The Comedy of Errors".

When was William Shakespeare baptized?

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As per the records, he was baptized on 26 April 1564.

How many plays and sonnets did William Shakespeare pen down?

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In his lifetime, he penned down 37 plays and composed 154 sonnets.

William Shakespeare an actor along with a playwright.

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William Shakespeare performed many of his plays and plays of other great playwrights like Ben Jonson.

How many siblings did William Shakespeare have?

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William Shakespeare had 7 siblings (Joan, Margaret, Gilbert, Joan (another sister), Anne, Richard, and Edmund).

How old was William Shakespeare's wife when he married her?

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He married his wife when he was 18 and when his wife was 26 and was three months pregnant.

Is " I am a weaksih speller" an anagram of William Shakespeare?

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True! An anagram is either a word or a phrase formed by rearranging the letters of a different word or a phrase.

Which character was based on one of his real-life lovers?

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The character Emilia (in Othello) was inspired by one of his lovers, Emilia Lanier, a courtier.

Did William Shakespeare put a curse on his epitaph?

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William Shakespeare put a curse on his epitaph to keep any potential grave robbers away. The verse on his epitaph reads: "Good friend, for Jesus's sake forbeare,/to dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones,/ And cursed be he that moves my bones."

Which is the longest word that William Shakespeare used?

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Honorificabilitudinitatibus is the longest word William Shakespeare used. It was used in "Love's Labour's Lost" play. It means invincible glorious honorableness or a state of having the ability to achieve honors.

Which bird is present in USA now because of William Shakespeare?

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Eugene Scheiffelin, a German-American zoologist and fan of William Shakespeare, was responsible for importing starlings to US from England. He wanted to make America the home for all the bird species which featured in the works of William Shakespeare. However, this led to an ecological disaster in US especially in New York.

Which American President was a great admirer of William Shakespeare's plays?

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Abraham Lincoln was in love with William Shakespeare's plays and he used to recite parts of these plays. His assassin John Wilkes Booth was also a great admirer of William Shakespeare's plays.

Which planet's moons are named after the characters of William Shakespeare's plays?

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Moons of Uranus are named after the characters of William Shakespeare's plays.

Which is the longest play of William Shakespeare?

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Hamlet is the longest play which takes nearly four hours to perform. The shortest play, The Comedy of Errors, is just one-third of the length of Hamlet.

How many plays of William Shakespeare are lost?

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2 plays of William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Won and Cardenio are lost. There are speculations that there are other plays which are also lost.

How many times does suicide occur in William Shakespeare's plays?

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Suicide occurs 13 times in Shakespeare's plays. They are: 1. Brutus (Julius Caesar), 2. Cassius (Julius Caesar), 3. Portia (Julius Caesar), 4. Cleopatra (Antony and Cleopatra), 5. Charmian (Antony and Cleopatra), 6. Mark Antony (Antony and Cleopatra), 7. Goneril (King Lear), 8. Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), 9. Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), 10. Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), 11. Ophelia (Hamlet), 12. Othello (Othello), 13. Timon (Timon of Athens)

Which is the last play of William Shakespeare?

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The Two Noble Kinsmen is the last play of William Shakespeare. If was co-written with John Fletcher. It was written in 1613 just three years before William Shakespeare's death.

When did William Shakespeare die?

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He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church. He died on his 52nd birthday.

How many recorded variants are there for the spelling of "Shakespeare"?

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William Shakespeare signed differently most of the time. There are more than 80 variants (147+). In his signs he spelt "Willm Shaksp", "William Shakespe", "Willam Shakespeare", "William Shakespere" etc.

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