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1.1. During what period did William Shakespeare live and work?a) the Age of Enlightenment b) the Elizabethan Era c) the Romantic Era d) the Italian RenaissanceThe Elizabethan era gets its name from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.2.Where was Shakespeare born?a) Stratford-on-Avonb) London-on-Thamesc) Once-upon-a-Thamesd) Hamm-on-WyeStratford, a village NE of London, was also the site of Shakespeare"s death 52 years later.3.What was the name of the theatrical company of which Shakespeare was a member?a) The King’s Menb) The Queen’s Menc) The Chessmend) The Man"s MenThe King’s Men were named after King James I; before that, the company was known as The Lord Chamberlain’s Men.4.Which of the following was an attribute of the Globe Theater?a) three-story, open-air constructionb) extended stage with trapdoorc) shaped like an “O”d) all of the aboveThe Globe Theater, located on the south bank of the Thames River, was an ‘O’-shaped three story theater containing an extended stage with a trapdoor.5.Which of the following was not an attribute of the Elizabethan stage?a) performed in front of “groundlings”b) huge special effectsc) no female actorsd) no intermissions between actsThe Elizabethan stage was quite different than the modern stage: no intermissions, no female actors.6.Shakespeare was involved with the Globe Theater as:a) an actorb) a playwrightc) a shareholderd) all of the aboveShakespeare wasn’t just the world’s greatest dramatist, he was also a thespian and a businessman.7.Shakespeare wrote all of the following except:a) playsb) sonnetsc) novelsd) book-length poemsShakespeare is credited with writing more than thirty plays, 150 sonnets, two long poems, and no novels.8.Which of the following describes the syllable structure of an iamb?a) stressed, stressedb) unstressed, stressedc) stressed, unstressedd) freaked out, chilledAn iamb closely follows the natural, up-down movement of spoken language.9.Shakespeare often wrote in blank verse because it:a) is much cheaper then full verse b) closely resembles the natural rhythms of speechc) was mandated by the Kingd) is a favorite of the ladiesShakespeare wrote in blank verse because it closely resembles the natural rhythms of speech.10.How many iambs does a line of perfect iambic pentameter contain?a) one complete iambb) fivec) tend) varies according to meter“Pentameter” basically means “five meters.” The meter in this instance is iambic.11.In terms of symbolic art, which of the following is a universal?a) villainb) protagonistc) femme fataled) justiceThe others are all particulars: the villain might represent evil, the protagonist good, and the femme fatale, betrayal.12.Who wrote the Greek play Oedipus Rexa) Sophoclesb) Aristotlec) Jocastad) Francis BaconOedipus Rex was first performed in the fifth century B.C., about two thousand years before Shakespeare"s time.13.Greek philosopher Aristotle described drama, including tragedy, as:a) a terrible beautyb) a terrible waste of timec) a muse of fired) an imitation of an actionIn The Poetics, Aristotle defined his many thoughts on drama.14.Tragic figures:a) are noble figuresb) suffer a reversal of fortunec) recognize the consequences of their actionsd) all of the aboveTragic figures, particularly according to Aristotle, are noble figures who suffer a reversal of fortune, and recognize the consequences of their actions.Click here to return to the Episode Page.