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Elizabethan England and Shakespeare

Elizabethan England and Shakespeare

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  • After attending a play, an Elizabethan audience would go to... (a) the ale-houses and taverns. (b) jousting tournaments. (c) Buckingham Palace. (d) St. Paul`s.
  • One of the many products discovered in the New World that found a market in Elizabethan England was... (a) tobacco. (b) horses. (c) oil. (d) coal.
  • It was an occasion of great ceremony for the Lord Mayor to... (a) direct the school system of London. (b) leave the central part of London. (c) walk the streets at night to keep order in the city. (d) crown the new monarch of England.
  • The English houses in Shakespeare`s time were commonly built... (a) with two stories. (b) like fortified castles. (c) with six to ten stories. (d) exactly alike.
  • Although the plans for the Globe Theatre did not survive, the plans for which building gives us insight into what the Globe looked like? (a) The White Hart Inn in Southwark (b) St. Paul`s Cathedral (c) The Fortune Theatre (d) The Tower of London
  • One of the most important qualities of an Elizabethan playwright was... (a) a university education. (b) a noble lineage. (c) speed. (d) a good knowledge of history.
  • Unlike today`s playwright, the Elizabethan playwright wrote... (a) with a particular playhouse in mind. (b) to please himself. (c) for the noble class. (d) exclusively for the queen.
  • All the theaters in Shakespeare`s London were located... (a) in the city of Westminster. (b) outside the city gates of London. (c) at Oxford. (d) inside the city gates of London.
  • When Queen Elizabeth died in 1603, the influences of her reign... (a) were forgotten by the English people. (b) caused great political turmoil. (c) continued on for another decade. (d) were never understood.
  • Before the theaters in London were built, plays were held in... (a) tents. (b) churches. (c) the courtyards of inns. (d) private homes.
  • One of the biggest expenses of an Elizabethan acting company was... (a) costumes. (b) actors. (c) playwrights. (d) lighting.
  • The acting player`s in Shakespeare`s day were direct descendants of... (a) strolling players. (b) court jesters. (c) opera troupes. (d) court musicians.
  • Shakespeare`s friend, Ben Jonson, was the second most important playwright of the time. Although literary rivals, Jonson... (a) believed that he and Shakespeare were the only true talents of the time. (b) wrote exclusively for the Lord Chamberlain`s Men. (c) acknowledged the great talent Shakespeare possessed. (d) often collaborated with his friend Shakespeare.
  • Of the many dramatists of the Elizabethan Age, Christopher Marlowe is important because... (a) his long and prolific career produced many plays. (b) he worked closely with Shakespeare. (c) Marlowe was a member of noble society. (d) he was the first to use blank verse.
  • Edward Alleyn, the great actor of the Elizabethan era, was famous for... (a) his portrayal of Prospero in The Tempest. (b) his play writing. (c) his portrayal of Tamburlaine in Marlowe`s play, Tamburlaine. (d) his directorial talent.

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