Shakespeare quiz


NPG 1 - © National Portrait Gallery, London'All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players'

But who says what on the stage? Click on the button next to the person you think speaks those words in a Shakespeare play. The answer to that question will appear instantly; your final score will appear after you have answered all five questions (the last one is about a poem, not a play).

 
     



King Richard II, by Unknown artist, late 16th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Richard II
by Unknown artist
late 16th century
NPG 4980(8)

Being king of England brings both these men a lot of trouble.

'Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.'

Which one of them says this?

A. Richard II
B. Henry IV

King Henry IV, by Unknown artist, late 16th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Henry IV
by Unknown artist
late 16th century
NPG 4980(9)

 
 
King Henry V, by Unknown artist, late 16th or early 17th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Henry V
by Unknown artist
late 16th or early 17th century
NPG 545

 

These two kings have very different approaches to fighting.

'Cry "God for Harry, England, and St George!" '

Which one makes this famous battle speech?

A. Henry V
B. Henry VI

King Henry VI, by Unknown English artist, circa 1540 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Henry VI
by Unknown English artist
circa 1540
NPG 2457

 
 

King Richard III, by Unknown artist, late 16th century (late 15th century) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Richard III
by Unknown artist
late 16th century (late 15th century)
NPG 148

These two men have very different views about peace.

'I, in this weak piping time of peace,
Have no delight to pass away the time'

Which one finds peace doesn't suit him?


A. Richard III
B. Henry VII

King Henry VII, by Unknown Netherlandish artist, 1505 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Henry VII
by Unknown Netherlandish artist
1505
NPG 416

 
 

Katherine of Aragon, by Unknown artist, early 18th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Katherine of Aragon
by Unknown artist
early 18th century
NPG 163

'I would not be a queen
For all the world.'

Which of these two lived to regret changing her mind about this?

A. Catherine of Aragon
B. Ann Boleyn

Anne Boleyn, by Unknown artist, late 16th century (circa 1533-1536) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Anne Boleyn
by Unknown artist
late 16th century (circa 1533-1536)
NPG 668

 
 

Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, after Daniel Mytens, circa 1618 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton
after Daniel Mytens
circa 1618
NPG 52

Dedicating his long poem Venus and Adonis, Shakespeare calls it 'unpolished lines' and apologises for 'choosing so strong a prop to support so weak a burden.'

To which of these two did he dedicate it?

A. Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton
B. Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I (

Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')
by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
circa 1592
NPG 2561


Follow up notes
The quotations come from the following places:

William Shakespeare, Jaques' speech, in As You Like It, Act II, Scene 7

Richard II, in Richard II, Act III, Scene 2
Henry IV, in Henry IV Part 2, Act III, Scene 1

Henry V, in Henry V, Act III, Scene 1
Henry VI, in Henry VI Part 3, Act II, Scene 5

Richard III, Gloucester's speech, in Richard III, Act I, Scene 1
Henry VII, Richmond's speech, in Richard III, Act V, Scene 4

Catherine of Aragon in Henry VIII, Act II, Scene 4
Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII, Act II, Scene 3

Dedication to the Earl of Southampton, in Venus and Adonis
Elizabeth I, described in Oberon's speech, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act II, Scene1