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What is the generally-accepted date for the composition of William Shakespeare's "Cymbeline"?
What sources did Shakespeare use for the plot of "Cymbeline"?
he seems to have invented the whole plot himself
both Boccaccio and Holinshed
How was the play - surprisingly in view of its happy ending - listed upon its first publication, in the posthumous "First Folio" of Shakespeare's collected works in 1623?
as a romance
as a comedy
as a tragedy
as a history play
At the time of the play's action, which Caesar is ruling the Roman Empire?
Who is Cymbeline?
the principal hero of the play
the British King
the principal villain of the play
a Roman god
Why is the hero of the play called Posthumus?
for neither of these reasons
simply because his father died before he was born
for both of these reasons
simply because his mother died giving birth to him
What is the heroine's name in "Cymbeline"?
Why does Iachimo leave his Italian home to visit Britain?
he has been plotting with the British Queen
he wants to join Cymbeline's army
he wants to win a bet with Posthumus
he wants to kidnap Imogen
How does Iachimo secrete himself into Imogen's bed-chamber?
disguised as a maidservant
hiding in a trunk
down the chimney
through a trapdoor
What colour are Imogen's eyes?
Which one of these things does Iachimo *not* mention during his soliloquy in the sleeping Imogen's bedchamber?
Imogen has been reading about the rape of Philomel
Imogen is wearing a bracelet
there is a sculpture of a pair of Cupids in the room
Imogen has a mole on her left breast
To whom does Cloten say of Imogen: "If you can penetrate her with your fingering, so; we'll try with tongue too: if none will do, let her remain"?
How does the song begin which is sung below Imogen's window?
Come away, come away, death
Hark! hark! the lark at Heaven's gate sings
It was a lover and his lass
O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
Which character says to the Roman envoy who has come to Britain to demand tribute money, "We will nothing pay for wearing our own noses; ... if Caesar can hide the sun from us with a blanket, or put the moon in his pocket, we will pay him tribute for light"?
To which Welsh port does Posthumus sail on his way back from Italy to Cymbeline's court?
Who are Polydore and Cadwal?
Belarius's natural children
a pair of evil Welsh bandits
disreputable friends of Cloten
the long-lost sons of Cymbeline
Which character in the play disguises himself/herself as the youth "Fidele"?
Which episode in "Cymbeline" has traditionally been thought by critics not to be Shakespeare's own work?
the extremely complicated happy ending
the song "Fear no more the heat o' th' sun"
Posthumus's dream-vision in gaol
Posthumus's meeting with the gaoler
Which one of these lines of Shakespeare's does *not* appear in "Cymbeline"?
O, the charity of a penny cord!
Hang there like fruit, my soul, till the tree die!
O, for a Muse of fire!
O, for a horse with wings!
Which Shakespearean commentator remarked of "Cymbeline" that he would not "waste criticism upon unresisting imbecility, upon faults too evident for detection, and too gross for aggravation"?
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Compiled Oct 08 12