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Shakespeare Trivia

Honors English Freshman Year

What is a common nickname for Shakespeare? The Bard
What year was he born? 1564
What year did he die? 1616
Where was he born? Stratford-on-Avon
What is Shakespeare credited with being? Greatest writer in the history of English literature
What three kinds of playwrites was he known for? comedies, histories, and tragedies
what was the era that Shakespeare was alive called? The Elizabethean Age
What did the flags signify? Whether or not a play would be performed and what kind of play it would be.
Describe the role of the lower class in the theater. Lower classes (Groundlings) would stand in the put of the theater. Drinking and eating were permitted and they would feel free to boo/hiss/throw objects at the actors.
How were the lines read? with exaggeration and quickly
What the place that became famous for hosting the majority of Shakespeare's plays? The Globe theater
How much scenery was used? Very little, and no changes
What time of day were the plays performed? In daylight
What is an aside? when an actor confides his true thoughts and feelings directly to the audience while the other actors on stage pretended not to hear.
What is a soliloquy? an actor is alone on the stage and speaks aloud his private thoughts.
What were an actor's costumes used to signify? their rank, profession, or affiliation
Who provided sound effects? musicians
What sex performed roles? Only male.
Created by: zinckr15