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1. "What, will these hands ne'er be clean?" Lady Macbeth asks, trying to clean her hands of the metaphorical blood of this man whose death she masterminded in an attempt to help her husband's career. Who is the man that Lady Macbeth convinced her husband to kill in "Macbeth"?
2. "Romeo & Juliet" may be considered by many to be the greatest love story of all time, but their short time together as husband and wife was not entirely full of bliss. In Act III, the new bride despairs that her husband has spilled her cousin's blood in the streets. What was the name of Juliet's cousin who was killed by Romeo?
3. "Double, double toil and trouble..."
Macbeth visits the three witches to see what they can tell him about his fate. The witches brew a concoction with dozens of ingredients including the blood of which primate?
4. In "The Merchant of Venice", Shylock lent money to Bassanio using this unusual item for collateral. When he defaults on the loan, the courts determine that Shylock is entitled to collect what is owed him, but he cannot spill one drop of blood. What did Shylock seek to collect?
5. Et tu? Julius Caesar's blood rains down on the Capitol steps. Dozens of Roman senators had a hand in his death, but one cut was the unkindest of all. What is the name of Caesar's friend who stabbed him out of fear that he would become a dictator?
6. Titus Andronicus is probably Shakespeare's most graphically violent play. At one point, Titus murders Chiron and Demetrius, filling a basin with their blood. What spirits were Chiron and Demetrius dressed as at the time of their deaths?
7. In one of his many soliloquies, Hamlet proclaims that he is so angry over the murder of this relative that "[he] could drink hot blood." Which relative of Hamlet's was murdered and visits him in ghost form asking to be avenged?
8. "Othello" comes to a bloody end when the title character kills his wife, believing that she has been unfaithful, and later kills himself. Who planted the handkerchief that tricks Othello into believing Desdemona has cheated on him?
9. In the play "King Lear", the titular character has no legitimate male heirs and decides to split up the kingdom between his three daughters. King Lear sees that one of his daughters would do anything to get the throne and calls her "a boil, a plague-sore or embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood." What is the name of this villainous daughter who kills her sister and later herself?
10. Let's lighten things up by ending with a Shakespearean comedy. In "As You Like It", Rosalind may dress like a man, but that doesn't stop her from fainting at the sight of her beloved's blood. Whose blood does Rosalind see on a handkerchief that causes her to swoon in concern?
Source: Author jashed
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