Task 1: Shakespeare’s LifeTraditionally, what is Shakespeare’s date of birth and birthplace? William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon.Who was Shakespeare’s father and what did he do?William Shakespeare’s father is John Shakespeare. John Shakespeare worked as a leatherworker, mainly specializing in white leather for gloves. Who was his mother?William Shakespeare’s mother was Mary Shakespeare.What type of things did Shakespeare most probably study in grammar school?William Shakespeare most likely studied Latin classics in his grammar school.
The curriculum included writing, memorizing, and acting the Latin plays.Was Shakespeare an actor as well as a poet and playwright? Explain. William Shakespeare was in fact an actor while simultaneously being a poet and playwright.
He worked as all three professions because he acted in a few of his playsWhat war occurred in Shakespeare’s time and why was it fought?A war between England and Spain called the Anglo-Spanish War was fought during his time. A dispute of religious beliefs between England and Spain was the reason as to why it was fought.What was the name of the theatre that Shakespeare worked in?The theater Shakespeare worked in was called The Globe.When did Shakespeare die and what was inscribed on his tomb?Shakespeare had died in April 23, 1616. His tomb was inscribed with the saying,”Good friend for Jesus sake forbear / To dig the dust enclosed here! / Blest be the man that spares these stones, / And curst be he that moves my bones.”What was going on politically, culturally and historically during Shakespeare’s life? List five interesting facts. During most of Shakespeare’s life, England was in the Elizabethan era, meaning England was ruled by Queen Elizabeth I.
England as a whole was flourishing, becoming the main area for many cultures to live, and the place for plenty of commerce. A man by the name of Sir Francis Drake became widely celebrated for his circumnavigation of the world.England was the leading naval power during Shakespeare’s time, defeating the Spanish and having near complete control over the seas in the Western world.Poets were among the leading literary minds during that time, and much of the public’s favorite activities was to view the plays made by these poets.
Task 2: Shakespeare’s WorksRoughly, how old was Shakespeare when he wrote his first play?William Shakespeare was about twenty-five-years-old when he wrote Henry VI, Part I, his first play.How many plays and sonnets did Shakespeare write?Shakespeare wrote approximately 154 sonnets and thirty-seven plays.What three types of drama did Shakespeare write?The three types of dramas that Shakespeare wrote were Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.Shakespeare wrote many of his works in iambic pentameter. Define what that means.
Iambic pentameter is a line in a literary work that consists of ten syllables that are made into five pairs. Each pair begins with an unstressed syllable, then the next syllable is a stressed syllable. What is the First Folio?The First Folio is a collection of thirty-six of William Shakespeare’s plays.Who owned the plays that Shakespeare wrote?Shakespeare’s playing company, Lord Chamberlain’s Men, owned the plays that Shakespeare wrote.Why do you think that they were not considered to be Shakespeare’s property?They were not considered Shakespeare’s property because the plays written by Shakespeare were made while he was working in the company, and since he never officially published any of his plays, none of the literature was directly linked to him, and thus the rights went to his company as a whole.List two famous Shakespearean quotes other than, “To be or not to be,–that is the question…,” “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?,” or “Et tu, Brute.”The first quote came from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and states, “what’s done is done”The second quote is from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and states, “But, for my own part, it was Greek to me”What type of play is Romeo and Juliet?Romeo and Juliet is a type of play known as a tragedy.What is one famous quote from Romeo and Juliet?The quote, “Tempt not a desperate man”, is one of the many quotes from Romeo and Juliet.