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1. William Shakespeare was born in 1564. Who ruled England at that time?
2. About half of Shakespeare's plays were published during his lifetime. Which of the following (believed by some to be unlucky) was NOT?
3. Which of these plays based on English history was NOT written by Shakespeare, but rather by Christopher Marlowe?
4. Which two plays feature a character by the name of Portia?
5. What popular Shakespearean comedy is set in Athens and features characters from Greek mythology?
6. In which of Shakespeare's tragedies does one of the characters impersonate a madman named Tom o' Bedlam?
7. In "Julius Caesar", who is the conspirator who convinces Brutus to go against Caesar?
8. What name is shared by Leontes' wife in "The Winter's Tale" and one of the main characters in the "Harry Potter" series?
9. Sibling rivalry is a frequent theme in Shakespeare's work. In which of these plays does the villain Antonio usurp his brother's title, then set him adrift on the sea?
10. In "Romeo and Juliet", what is the name of the young woman (who never appears as a character in the play) Romeo is in love with before he meets Juliet?
11. The seacoast of which famously landlocked former country in Central Europe is one of the settings of "The Winter's Tale"?
12. The Globe Theatre, where most of Shakespeare's plays were performed, was located in what district of Central London, where its modern reconstruction can also be found?
13. A famous painting by Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais depicts which tragic Shakespearean heroine floating down a river?
14. Which great Italian composer wrote the operas "Macbeth", "Otello", and "Falstaff", based on Shakespeare's works?
15. Released at the end of 1996, the first unabridged film version of "Hamlet" was directed by which famous actor and director, originally from Northern Ireland, who also starred in the title role?
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