Friday, January 22, 2016

1902 Shakespeare quiz, Seventh and Lastly

Only seven questions in this final installment, alas, since the Numbering Genie seems to have struck again.

50) What do we know from the Plays about the private means and residence of the aunt of a young lover who came near having his head cut off?
51) Give six examples from the plays of nineteenth-twentieth century slang.
52) What character in the plays lost his head because he wrote correct Latin?
53) What character said that two potentates must be equally valiant, because they were both born by rivers in which salmon abounded?
54) What character was accused by his sister of preaching better than he practiced?
55) What character knelt before his blind father backward so as to pretend that he had grown a beard?
59) What King thrust into prison by his foes, receives a secret visit from one of his grooms, who breaks into sobs to think that the horse of which he had the care, is to be used in the triumph of former master's enemies, and what was the horse's name?

Thanks for the quiz, B.W.H. It was fun, if occasionally frustrating. I bet you didn't think someone would be taking it 114 years in the future. I wonder who you were.


Fretful Porpentine said...

50) Lysander, in Midsummer: "I have a widow aunt, a dowager / Of great revenue, and she hath no child: / From Athens is her house remote seven leagues."
51) What B.W.H. was thinking of is anyone's guess, although I do know that Mark Antony says "right on" at one point.
52) The Clerk of Chatham, in 2 Henry VI.
53) Fluellen in Henry V (talking about King Henry and Alexander the Pig ... er, Great).
54) Laertes.
55) Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice.
59) Richard II; the horse's name is Barbary.

Flavia said...

Much easier than the others! I knew all but the first two this time.

What a crazy quiz. Thanks for sharing.

Bardiac said...

These have been fun, but also really prove that I don't read in the same careful ways some people do!

Fretful Porpentine said...

Bardiac -- I'm not sure "careful reading" is the operative skill here so much as "obsessive, fannish, hung-up-on-small details reading." Part of me wonders whether B.W.H. was writing Shakespeare quizzes only because The Lord of the Rings wasn't an option yet...