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                              A Shakespearean web quest



For this web quest you will need the following hyperlinks:


 www.nosweatshakespeare.com/
This website contains modern translations, short plot summaries of Shakespeare’s plays,
quotes and some background information about Shakespeare’s life, his works and the
Globe Theatre.

 www.bbc.co.uk/drama/shakespeare/60secondshakespeare/      TOP!
The BBC challenged British young people to make a 60 second version of a Shakespeare
play. The site contains plot summaries of Shakespeare’s plays, notes on the characters
and famous quotes.

 www.shakespeare.org.uk/content/view/10/10/
Website of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Contains plot summaries and an extensive
portrait gallery.

 nfs.sparknotes.com/
No fear Shakespeare. This site features versions in “normal” English of most of
Shakespeare’s plays, with an extensive list of the characters.

 shakespeare.palomar.edu/timeline/timeline.htm
This site contains a timeline of Shakespeare’s life and works, with a lot of biographical
information.

 www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/shakespeare_william.shtml
A short biography of Shakespeare on the BBC-website.

 www.rsc.com
The Royal Shakespeare Company.

 shakespeare.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=\library\weekly\aatp111401.htm
Some FAQs about Shakespeare’s life and works.

 www.wikipedia.org
Goes without saying.

 www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes
Famous quotes from the plays and their explanation.

 www.it.usyd.edu.au/~matty/Shakespeare/test.html
The Complete Works with online search function.



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QUESTION 1: the looks




William Shakespeare’s life is shrouded in mystery. We don’t even know what the man
looked like. Consult website  and find out which portrait of Shakespeare is the most
reliable one. (Hint: it’s the only one that was painted while Shakespeare was still alive!)




QUESTION 2: the facts

Complete the following ID card, using websites ,  en .



                     Name: Shakespeare
                     First Name: William
                     Date of Birth:
                     Father’s profession:
                     Married to:
                     Children:
                     Place of Birth:
                     Date of death:                       Nickname: “The ……………”
                     Buried at:
                     Number of plays written:
                     Number of poems written:
                     This queen ruled over England during most of
                             Shakespeare’s life:




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QUESTION 3: the books (and plays etc.)

Wikipedia writes the following about Shakespeare’s works:

 A number of Shakespeare's plays have the reputation of being among the greatest in the English
 language and in Western literature. He wrote tragedies, histories, comedies and romances, which have
 been translated into every major living language, in addition to being continually performed around the
 world.

List the differences between tragedy, comedy and history plays (visit wikipedia.org to
find the answer).


                          TRAGEDIES                   COMEDIES                   HISTORIES

HOW DOES IT END?


SUBJECT


3 CONVENTIONS             1                           1                          1

                          2                           2                          2

                          3                           3                          3
3 examples by
Shakespeare




QUESTION 4: the quotes

Some quotes taken from Shakespeare’s plays have become extremely famous
throughout the world. Some of them have even made it into everyday speech. The BBC
programme Moving Words
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/movingwords/)
asked people from all over the world to nominate their favourite quotes from speeches to
books, poetry and plays.... Only ONE Shakespeare quote was mentioned in the top ten.

 Which one?
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
 From what play?
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
 What does the quote mean?
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………




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 Do exercise 9.2 – question 10 in your workbook (page 230). Use website  to help you.


 Use websites ,  and  to find the meaning of the following quotes from Hamlet.



     Brevity is the
                                                 When sorrows
     soul of wit.                                come, they come
     (Hamlet Act II, Scene II)                   not single spies,
                                                 but in battalions.
                                                 (Hamlet, Act IV)



……………………………………………….
……………………………………………….                               …………………………………………………………………
                                                  …………………………………………………………………


          To be or not                       "Get thee to a
          to be, that’s                      nunn'ry."
          the question.
          (Hamlet Act III,
          Scene I)

                                             (Hamlet Act III, i, 122)




……………………………………………….                               …………………………………………………………………
……………………………………………….                               …………………………………………………………………




QUESTION 5: the stories

Most of Shakespeare’s plays tell magnificent stories that often go back a long time before
the Bard’s time. Though Shakespeare’s comedies and historical plays are at least as good
as his tragedies, we will focus on the latter, and more specifically on Hamlet, King Lear,
MacBeth and Othello. These four plays rank amongst the best that Shakespeare ever
wrote.

You will have to explain the plot of one of the plays to your fellow-pupils (your teacher
will tell you which one). In order to do so, you will get a transparency sheet on which you
will have to draw a diagram of the story. Be concise (no details or subplots) Use websites
,  and  to help you.




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Hamlet:

 Names you will have to use: Hamlet, old Hamlet, Ophelia, Claudius, queen Gertrude,
 Polonius, Laertes, Horatio.




Othello:

 Names you will have to use: Othello, Iago, Desdemona and Cassio.




King Lear:

 Names you will have to use: King Lear, CORDELIA, GONERIL, REGAN, EDMUND, EDGAR,
 GLOUCESTER




MacBeth:

 Names you will have to use: MacBeth, Lady MacBeth, King Duncan, MacDuff & Banquo




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Afterthought:

After having heard the summaries, you should be able to connect the correct picture and
central theme with the correct play.



      HAMLET                                                           AMBITION

     MACBETH                                                           JEALOUSY

     KING LEAR                                                          REVENGE

     OTHELLO                                                           FATHERLY
                                                                         LOVE

1.                                                       2.




3.
                                           4.




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Vraag 6:

Schrijf een essay (400-600 woorden) over de relatie tussen Shakespeare en de Renaissance waar de
volgende termen in voorkomen en verduidelijkt worden:

- Eenheden van Aristoteles
- deus ex machina
- komedie <-> tragedie
- translatio, imitatio, aemulatio,
- tragische held
- huomo universalis.
- carpe diem




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                  Shakespearean
                   Crosswords
            1                                           2


3                                                       4


      5                                                 6
                                            7
      8


9                 10
                                     11B
            12T                                                                      13
                                            14




                               16                              17




Across:
2. What was once the Shakespeare Memorial Company and is now named the ______ Shakespeare
Company.
3. In Twelfth Night, Viola changes into a ____ to get into the Duke's court.
4. King Henry V delivered the famous St. _____ Day speech.
5. In As You Like It Jaques speaks on the " _____ stages of man"
6. What is Shakespeare's wife's first name?
8. What city was Shakespeare born in?
9. What theater did Shakespeare mainly use for his plays?
11. In the film version of Much Ado about Nothing Kenneth Branagh plays what part?



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12. The ancient city in which the play Troilus and Cressida is set.
14. When a character addresses the audience and speaks about their inner thoughts and feelings that
is called a _______
16. Who speaks the words “Get thee to a nunnery”?
Down:
1. What is the name of the Duke that disguises himself as a friar?
2. Which King said, "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!".
7. Shakespeare wrote 154 ____?
10. Shakespeare is also known as the ____ ?
13. Robin Goodfellow (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) is also known as ____ ?
15. Which of Shakespeare's characters (a black man) killed his wife out of jealousy?
17. Who did Romeo kill, causing him to be banished from Verona?
             (Crosswords taken and adapted from www.writing.com)

Some Shakespearean Fun:

- www.pangloss.com/seidel/Shaker - this site offers a range of Shakespearean insults. “Thou
mammering unwash'd scullian!”

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/shakespeare/game.shtml
Solve the Shakespearean Murder Mystery!

- http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/shakespeare/quiz.shtml
Take the quiz and see which Shakespeare character you resemble most.




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