Isaac Asimov's Super Quiz

Take this Super Quiz to a Ph.D. Score 1 point for each correct answer on the Freshman Level, 2 points on the Graduate Level and 3 points on the Ph.D. Level.

Subject: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS

(e.g., Which play is about a prince of Denmark? Answer: "Hamlet.")

FRESHMAN LEVEL

1. Which play begins "If music be the food of love, play on ..."?

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2. In which country is "Macbeth" set?

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3. In which play is Costard depicted as a clown?

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4. Who tells his son, "Neither a borrower nor a lender be"?

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5. In a soliloquy, what weapon does Macbeth "see before" him?

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GRADUATE LEVEL

6. It begins "Now is the winter of our discontent ..."

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7. In which play does Miranda, the daughter of a magician, appear?

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8. Who is the queen of fairies in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

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9. In which play is the main female character named Rosalind?

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10. How does Queen Gertrude die?

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PH.D. LEVEL

11. This play is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy.

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12. It begins "Two households, both alike in dignity ..."

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13. Henry Bolingbroke usurps the throne of which king?

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14. How many of the plays are classified as histories: 6, 8, 10 or 12?

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15. It begins "When shall we three meet again?"

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ANSWERS: 1. "Twelfth Night." 2. Scotland. 3. "Love's Labour's Lost." 4. Polonius. 5. A dagger. 6. "Richard III." 7. "The Tempest." 8. Titania. 9. "As You Like It." 10. Poisoned (by drinking from Hamlet's cup). 11. "Macbeth." 12. "Romeo and Juliet." 13. Richard II. 14. Ten. 15. "Macbeth."

SCORING:

24 to 30 points - congratulations, doctor; 18 to 23 points - honors graduate; 13 to 17 points - you're plenty smart, but no grind; 5 to 12 points - you really should hit the books harder; 1 point to 4 points - enroll in remedial courses immediately; 0 points - who reads the questions to you?

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