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How Well Do You Know Your Shakespeare Villains?

How Well Do You Know Your Shakespeare Villains?

Weinstein Company

One may smile, and smile, and be a villain! One may also read, and read, and take this quiz, and check thy knowledge of villains! How ready are you to be the bad guy in Shakespeare's plays?



1. In "Measure for Measure", Angelo is cracking down on fornication and promiscuity. Then he...

2. Lady Macbeth encourages her husband to commit murder by questioning...

3. King Lear's daughter, Regan, acts cruelly to her father's friend Gloucester. She...

4. Hamlet's uncle, Claudius, kills Hamlet's father by...

5. Macbeth says which of the following shortly before committing a murder?

6. Tamora in Titus Andronicus commits beastly acts, including rape and murder, but she commits them mainly through...

7. In "Othello," Iago's friends occasionally call him...

8. Who says this (super ballin' bad guy) monologue: "I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in his grace, and it better fits my blood to be disdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I have decreed not to sing in my cage. If I had my mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do my liking."

9. When Shylock loans money in Merchant of Venice, he sets the security as ______________ (to be collected if the money is not returned).

10. In "The Tempest," Caliban is referred to as a mooncalf. What's a mooncalf?

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