Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works - Quiz & Worksheet


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In what form did Shakespeare write many of his poems?

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1. _____ is an example of a Shakespearean _____, typically categorized by a happy ending, in comparison to _____, which is known as a tragedy because of the deaths of most of the characters.

2. Shakespeare's writing is best organized into which three categories?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Alas! Poor Shakespeare, do you know him well? This quiz and worksheet will help you assess your knowledge of the great bard's life and his works. You will be tested on his comedies, his tragedies and his histories, as well as the plays he wrote that fall into those categories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on key historical facts about Shakespeare and his works, including:

  • The form of many of Shakespeare's poems
  • Plays written by Shakespeare that are considered histories
  • The title of the Scottish Play
  • Plays written by Shakespeare that are tragedies
  • The style of most of Shakespeare's written lines in his plays

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concepts of comedies, tragedies and histories as they apply to Shakespeare's plays
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine facts in a different light about how contemporary movies are derived from timeless themes contained in Shakespeare's plays
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as sonnet, rhyme royale, blank verse and iambic pentameter
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Shakespeare's birth, his life and his death

Additional Learning

To learn more about William Shakespeare, review the lesson on his life and main works. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the circumstances and date of Shakespeare's birth
  • Describe Shakespeare's wife
  • Know the name of the acting company Shakespeare wrote and acted for
  • Identify the theater where the company performed
  • Know the playwrights who were Shakespeare's competitors
  • Define blank verse and iambic pentameter
  • Identify the plays Shakespeare wrote
  • Identify some of Shakespeare's poems