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1. In which play do we find "Et tu, Brute!"?
2. Which Shakespeare character's last words are "Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die."?
3. This oft misquoted general coveted his king's throne and, egged on by his wife, stooped to murderous means attempting to achieve it. "Lay on, Macduff" are among the last words uttered by which Shakespearean character before his justly deserved demise?
4. One of the Bard's innocent victims is Lavinia. She implores "O, keep me from their worse than killing lust" before she meets her fate. In which play, the first of Shakespeare's tragedy plays and the most graphically violent of all his works, do we hear this plea?
5. In which Shakespeare history play does George, Duke of Clarence plead "Relent, and save your souls" to his killers who were hired by his jealous and treacherous brother, the Duke of Gloucester, to clear a path so he could steal their older brother's crown?
6. This Shakespearean king was dethroned and imprisoned by Henry IV largely through his own misdeeds and failure to heed the concerns of his nobles. It sparked events that would lead to thirty years of war. Who uttered "Mount, mount, my soul! thy seat is up on high; / Whilst my gross flesh sinks downward, here to die." as his final words?
7. Another of Shakespeare's innocent victims was smothered to death by her passionate husband. Who, as she lay dying, had every right to claim "A guiltless death I die"?
8. He was distraught and became unbalanced over his father's death. He is eventually killed by a poison tipped sword which was arranged by his stepfather to silence his accusations. Which Shakespearean son says "O, I die, Horatio! / The potent poison quite o'ercrows my spirit"?
9. This eponymous monarch is still remembered in history for one act which was ignored by Shakespeare in his play about him. According to Shakespeare, he was a relatively placid king (compared to others of his times) but was nevertheless poisoned by a monk; presumably in retribution for attempting to appropriate the church's funds. Who uttered as he lay dying "And all the shrouds wherewith my life should sail / Are turned to one thread, one little hair"?
10. Which of Shakespeare's queens, another doomed lover whose only real guilt was in trying to protect her realm, calmly said as she lay dying "Peace, peace! / Dost thou not see my baby at my breast"?
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