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Sad But True
"A Metallica quiz? Not even. This quiz will look at ten Shakespearean Tragedies and how they exemplify the phrase 'sad but true'. Each question will begin with a synopsis of the sad but true event portrayed."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
"Coriolanus" - the story of a noble man undone by ignoble men.
In the tragedy "Coriolanus" the title character becomes a Roman hero only to be banished because of political intrigue. He joins his former enemies, the Volscians, and seeks revenge by leading them against Rome. In the end he brings about peace between Rome and the Volscians. How is he repaid for this honorable deed?
He is condemned as a coward by both peoples
He is killed by Roman conspirators
He is killed by Volscian conspirators
He is hailed as a hero by both peoples
"Romeo and Juliet" - a story of young love doomed by feuding families.
If ever a tale could qualify for the sad but true moniker it would have to be "Romeo and Juliet". Of the four deaths listed below, which one did NOT happen in the play?
Mercutio's death at the hands of Tybalt
Paris' death at the hands of Mercutio
Tybalt's death at the hands of Romeo
Juliet's death by her own hand
"Antony and Cleopatra" - betrayal most foul.
Betrayal is a sad but true theme common throughout most of Shakespeare's Tragedies, no more so than in "Antony and Cleopatra". Of the four listed below, which one did NOT take place in the play?
Cleopatra's betrayal of Antony twice in battle
Octavia's betrayal of Antony by marrying Pompey
Enobarbus' betrayal of Antony
Antony's betrayal of Cleopatra by marrying Octavia
"Othello" - Machiavellian intrigue at its best (or is that worst?).
"Othello" is a play filled with manipulation, jealousy, and intrigue. Of the four characters listed, which one can be considered an innocent victim of it all?
Violence run amuck - Shakespeare, forefather to Peckinpah and Tarantino.
If Peckinpah or Tarantino had lived in Shakespeare's day this tragedy would have probably been credited to one of them and not Shakespeare because of the violence portrayed. Which play is this that is considered Shakespeare's first tragedy and shares part of its name with a book of the Bible?
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Troilus and Cressida
"Hamlet" - revenge is a dish best served cold.
"Hamlet" more than any other play delves into the philosophical world as the protagonist weighs the nature of what has transpired and the course of action he is contemplating. With this in mind, which of the following motifs does NOT occur in the play?
The nature of death and the afterlife
The spirituality of witches and witchcraft
The impossibility of certainty about anything
Action or inaction and the consequences
Regicide - no 'good' deed goes unpunished.
Which Shakespearean tragedy was performed by John Wilkes Booth just six months prior to the assassination of Lincoln and is believed to have inspired Booth because of its portrayal of regicide by a group of conspirators?
Henry VI, Part I
"Timon of Athens" - do not cast your pearls before swine.
The protagonist of "Timon of Athens" does not start out as a misanthrope but by the end of the play he has become one. What is a misanthrope?
Hater of humankind
An agnostic about God's existence
Lover of humankind
"Macbeth" - something wicked this way comes.
Theater superstition holds that the play "Macbeth" is cursed and to say the name of the play will cause disaster of some sort or other. Both the curse and the nickname of the play used instead of "Macbeth" share which nationality that figures prominently in the play? (The '___ curse' or the '___ Play')
"King Lear" - chaos, injustice, evil, futility.
The chief villain of "King Lear" is a character who shares his/her name with that of one of the four children in "The Chronicles of Narnia's" "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". Which name do they share?
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