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SHAKESPEARE TRIVIA IV

31) Which character says, "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind"?


In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Helena says: "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."

32) Which character says, "Life ... is a tale told by an idiot"?


Macbeth says: "Life ... is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

33) Which courtier is sent by Claudius to invite Hamlet to duel Laertes?


Osric is the foolish courtier who summons Hamlet to his duel with Laertes.

34) Which character says, "If music be the food of love, play on"?


In Twelfth Night, Orsino, Duke of Illyria, says, "If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it, that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken and so die."

35) Which character says, "There is no evil angel but Love"?


In Love's Labour's Lost, the Spanish braggart Don Adriano de Armado says: "Love is a familiar; Love is a devil: there is no evil angel but Love. Yet was Samson so tempted, and he had an excellent strength; yet was Solomon so seduced, and he had a very good wit. Cupid's butt-shaft is too hard for Hercules' club; and therefore too much odds for a Spaniard's rapier."

36) Who is the "shrew" in The Taming of the Shrew?


Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio tempers her with various psychological torments until she becomes a compliant and obedient bride.

37) What is the name of the clown in Measure for Measure?


Pompey, a clown and servant to Mistress Overdone, is described by Harold Bloom as "a triumph of Shakespeare's art, a vitalistic presence who refuses to be bound by any division between comedy and tragedy."

38) In Cymbeline, which character is disguised as the youth "Fidele"?


In the guise of a boy, Imogen adopts the name "Fidele," meaning "faithful."

39) Which of Shakespeare's plays ends with the death of the noble Trojan Hector?


Troilus and Cressida ends on a very bleak note with the death of the noble Trojan Hector and destruction of the love between Troilus and Cressida. Throughout the play, the tone lurches wildly between bawdy comedy and tragic gloom, and readers and theatre-goers have frequently found it difficult to understand how one is meant to respond to the characters.

40) In A Midsummer Night's Dream, which of the mechanicals plays Thisbe in the craftsmen's play for Theseus' marriage celebration?


Forced to play a young girl in love, the bearded craftsman Francis Flute determines to speak his lines in a high, squeaky voice.

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