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QUIZ: Are You Fluent in Shakespeare?

QUIZ: Are You Fluent in Shakespeare?

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To the modern reader, Shakespeare’s plays often look like just a bunch of unrelated words mashed together. This is because 1) language is a fluid, constantly evolving beast, and also 2) Shakespeare is an implacable devil host who KNEW that his works would be studied by hapless tenth graders, and so he endeavored to make them as confusing as possible.

How well do you know your Shakespearean jargon? Can you suss out the meaning behind the following lines?

1. "O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?"

2. "Was the hope drunk / Wherein you dressed yourself?"

3. "I kissed thee ere I killed thee."

4. "Thou art e'en as just a man / As e'er my conversation coped withal."

5. "Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time."

6. "We must starve our sight / From lovers' food till morrow deep midnight."

7. "What is past is prologue."

8. "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

9. "Prithee, peace: / I dare do all that may become a man; / Who dares do more is none."

10. "I have begun to plant thee, and will labour / To make thee full of growing."

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