• Welcome to the Pottsgrove High School Library Shakespeare Page for Romeo and Juliet!


    Please click on the links below to help answer the questions concerning William Shakespeare's life and works.
    You may also find more links and resources on the previous Shakespeare page if you are looking to investigate this topic further.
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    SHAKESPEARE

    1. William Shakespeare was born in (what month, day, year) and died (what month, day, year)?

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    2) Where was William Shakespeare born?
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    3) Do we know how or why William Shakespeare died? What is speculated?

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    4) We don't know very much about Shakespeare's life. There are a few years that we don't know anything about him actually! Those years are called "The Lost Years". Where do they think he was during these years?
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    5) Whom did William Shakespeare marry?

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    6) How many years older than William Shakespeare was his wife?

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    7) How many children did Shakespeare and his wife have?

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    WRITING AND PLAYS

    8) How many plays did William Shakespeare write?

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    9) How many Acts are in William Shakespeare’s plays?

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    10) Shakespeare wrote in a metrical pattern called iambic pentameter. What does iambic pentameter mean?

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    11) Write your own, unique line about Dr. Mays Coleman using iambic pentameter. (you have to have 10 syllables capitalize the stressed words by using capitals like the example below:
    Shall I / com PARE/ thee TO / a SUM / mer’s DAY?
    Thou ART / more LOVE / ly AND / more TEM / per ATE (Sonnet 18)

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    MULTIPLE CHOICE (CIRCLE)

    12) William Shakespeare is called "The Bard of Avon" because
    A. He once sold cosmetics
    B. he was descended from the noble family of Avon
    C. he was born in the town of Stratford on the River Avon

    13) Shakespeare's plays were originally written
    A. as popular entertainment, like movies and television today
    B. for serious study by scholars and students.
    C. to amuse the upper class

    14) The time in which Shakespeare lived is known as the "Elizabethan Era." because
    A. England was shaken by religious controversy and unrest
    B. England was ruled by Queen Elizabeth I.
    C. England was ruled by Queen Elizabeth II.

    15) Queen Elizabeth herself
    A. abhorred plays and often ordered the theaters closed.
    B. enjoyed plays and frequently attended performances.
    C. wrote plays and sometimes appeared on stage.

    GLOBE THEATRE
    Click here to view Shakespeare’s Virtual Globe Theatre Tour.

    Click here for a diagram in which you will label the parts of the Globe Theatre.

    (Place the letter of the correct description of parts next to its’ number.  

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    16) The actors on the Globe Theatre wore costumes, but there was no elaborate setting scenery. How did Shakespeare have to handle time of day setting changes?

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    17) Laws in Shakespeare's time prohibited
    A. dogs from appearing on stage
    B. Women from appearing on stage
    C. Spectators from throwing objects at the actors on stage.

    18) If the audience did not like the performances, they would often
    A. get up and leave.
    B. throw fruit on stage.
    C. set fire to torches.

    19) What was Shakespeare's group of playrights and actors called?
    A. The Lord Chamberlain's Men
    B. The Jester's Men
    C. The Play House Party
    D. Play Right Party

    ROMEO AND JULIET

    20) Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is based on
    A. a scandal that really occurred in Elizabethan London.
    B. an old Italian story of star-crossed love.
    C. experiences in Shakespeare's own life.

    21) Shakespeare's plays are all usually categorized in three different types of plays:
    A. Historical, Non-Fiction, Fiction
    B.Royalty, Fiction, and Tragic
    C. Dramatic, Entertaining, Enlightenment
    D. Histories, Comedies, Tragedies


    HIGHER LEVEL THINKING AND RESEARCH: TOPICS FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION
    (Choose one topic below to further research and write a well organized response)

    22. Romeo and Juliet is a story that ends with the suicides of the two teenage lovers. Research the extent of the problem with teenage suicide in the early 2000s and provide a list of resources for those seeking help. (Use our library resources listed on Destiny Homepage)

    23. Juliet's parents try to arrange a marriage for her. What cultures in the 2000s still follow the practice of arranged marriages?
    (Use our library resources listed on Destiny Homepage)

    24. An important element in the story of Romeo and Juliet is the sword fights. In the early 2000s, sword fighting is known as the sport of fencing and is an Olympic event. Find out more about this sport and report on its modern practice and events.
    (Use our library resources listed on Destiny Homepage)

    25. Compare the tragedies of ancient Greek theater to those of Shakespeare. What are the differences and similarities? Specifically, what was new about Romeo and Juliet for a tragedy in its time period? (Use our library resources listed on Destiny Homepage)

    26. Compare West Side Story to Romeo and Juliet. Match up the characters and the story lines. Comment on how Shakespeare's story has translated into a modern setting and conflict. (Use our library resources listed on Destiny Homepage)


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