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Getting to know The Bard


Directions: Each student is to complete the following web quest. Hand in each section after it is completed in full sentences and/or paragraphs, typed and double-spaced. All work is to be done by the individual, not a group.


Shakespeare's Life Click to answer these questions.

  1. How much do we know about Shakespeare's life? Why?
  2. Where was Shakespeare born?
  3. What date was he born on?
  4. Did Shakespeare ever get married? If so, to whom?
  5. Shakespeare established himself as an ____________ and                            
  6. What day did he die? What is unusual about this date?
  7. What did he leave his wife in his will?


to answer these questions

  1. What were the two major religions in Elizabethan England?
  2. Who dictated the favored religion?
  3. Which Monarchs reigned during this time? When?
  4. Which religion did each Monarch believe in?
  5. How did each Monarch treat those who did not follow their favoured religion?
  6. Why did Queen Elizabeth I

ban all performances of religious plays and stories?


Elizabethan Period to

answer these questions

  1. What was the Elizabethan Period?
  2. When was this period?
  3. What was the most significant invention of this time and why?
  4. What did this lead to a renewed interest in?
  5. During this period, what were unexplained events blamed on?
  6. Why were people of this period superstitious?
  7. What were the four humors and what were they associated with?

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  1. How was Elizabethan class structure maintained?
  2. What was the Chain of Being and what did it uphold?

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  1. What is the Rotae Fortuna? Click


Education Click here

  1. What did education depend on?
  2. What was the main purpose of schooling?
  3. Why were students taught Latin?
  4. What were girls from wealthy families educated in? Click here
  1. Why were courses in university conducted in Latin? Click here



Elizabethan Theatre Click here to answer these questions.

  1. What was the general feeling towards plays during this period in time?
  2. What was the name of the first theatre?
  3. What was the name of them most famous theatre?
  4. What happened to this theatre?
  5. Where did people sit or not sit?
  6. When did they have performances? Why?
  7. How many women performed in these plays?
  8. what did the audience do if they didn't like the performance?


Shakespeare's Influence Click here

 to answer these questions

  1. What does Shakespeare's work provide reference for?
  2. What were Shakespeare's histories a tribute to?
  3. What was Shakespeare attempting to do with these tributes?

Click here to answer these questions.

  1. How many words did Shakespeare invent?
  2. Give an example of a word or phrase we have gotten from Shakespeare.
  3. Name one poet who was influenced by Shakespeare.


Shakespeare’s FAMOUS Language

William Shakespeare is considered by many to be the greatest English writer to ever have lived. Believe it or not he is famous for inventing some of the words and phrases we are familiar with today! Check out this one minute video on Shakespeare’s language:

  1. Research and list some of the 2000 words that Shakespeare invented during his lifetime.
  2. Research some of the phrases that Shakespeare made famous or coined during his lifetime.
  3. Use Bartlett’s familiar quotations (website below) to find several famous quotes that originated in Shakespeare’s works. Mention the plays from which they come. We are reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream so start by clicking on that choice and finding some quotes.

Shakespeare may have been extremely eloquent in expressing the most noble ides, but he could also deliver the CRUELEST INSULTS!

Check out the insults at the website below!