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Brittany Shakespeare

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You can complete this page using this template but it would be more helpful to write on your own copy of the questions so that you can have them to study.  The papers are on my desk.


About Shakespeare
Click on this link and answer the following questions (1-7).

1. Click on the link to Birth 1564 & Early Years. William Shakespeare was born in what year? 1564

april 1564 in stratfor upon avon warwick

2. What date do we recognize as his birthday?April the 26th, 1564


3. What was important about Stratford-upon-Avon in the 16th century?In the sixteenth century Stratford-upon-Avon was an important agricultuaral center and market town, its market being licensed in the twelfth century by Richard I.

was an important agricultural center and market town

4. Click on the link for 1594 and find the acting companies Shakespeare was associated with in the early days. Name one.

5. Click on 1599 The Great Globe. What is the probable year that Romeo and Juliet was written?


6. Scroll down to the section "Construction of the Globe," and answer these questions:

    1. Where did the timbers to build the Globe come from? cross to the bankside


    1. Who was the carpenter who built the Globe? peter smith
    2. What was Shakespeare's share as "householder?"was one-fifthy percent of the profits or 10% 

7. What day and year did Shakespeare die? Why is this an interesting date? How old was Shakespeare when he died?

april 23, 1616 , date has been estimated as 26th April 1564 , at the age of 52 

About Marriage
Click on this link and answer the next questions (8-12).

Romeo & Juliet marry secretly, but because she is trying to escape the arranged marriage to Paris. Read this site about marriage in Elizabethan England and answer these questions.

   8. What does betrothal mean? A marriage contract

Click on the link for "more wedding customs."

  9. What color should the bride's dress be? rosemary and roses 

  10. How is the intention to marry announced? What happens if it is not announced previous to the event?


  11. What is a dowry? To pay , to marry 

 12. Explain how important is a wedding ring to the Elizabethans?Explain how important is a wedding ring to the Elizabethans?

About Food
Click on this link and continue (13-15).

13. How many meals do people generally eat each day? 3

14. Click here. Why would people in Shakespeare's day not know what a chocolate chip cookie is?Chocolate has not yet come in, except for medicinal purposes. The Swiss have not yet added milk and sugar to it. If you have ever tasted chocolate (which is very doubtful) it was a thin and bitter drink, probably flavored with chiles.

15. Plan a dinner party. Lord Capulet throws a huge party, feast and all. Imagine you are in charge of that menu. Luckily for you, today you only have to plan a menu for a small dinner party. Be sure to use only food available in Europe during this time. Choose at least two vegetables, two meats, and two fruits or nuts.

About Language
Click on this link and continue (16-17).

16. A famous line from Romeo and Juliet is when Juliet says, "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" What does "wherefore" mean? why

What does "stay" mean? to wait

17. Click here to get the information you need to translate this conversation. Put your translation in column two. Keep the phrases just about the same, but use Elizabethan words where you can. So, in other words, you rewrite the entire phrase but replace as many words as you can using Elizabethan English.

Person A

Hello. (A sneezes) Excuse me.

hello ! pray pardon 

Person B


god save us 


Thank you.

my thanks 


Say, do you know where the closest bathroom is?

say , do you know where the closet  


Certainly. It's down the street in the Kings Tavern.

certainly , it's down the street in Kings Tavern 


Thanks. Goodbye.

God reward them , good bye 

About Theater in Shakespeare's Time
"Actors, Acting, & Audience" is the link for the next questions (18-21).

18. How many women actors did the company usually feature?

19. Was Shakespeare an actor? What was the term used to refer to actors?

20. How were the seating arrangements for the audience? How did one get a good seat?

     21. What would the audience do if they did not like a performance?


In the sixteenth century Stratford-upon-Avon was an important agricultural center and market town, its market being licensed in the twelfth century by Richard I.

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