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William Shakespeare. Click to begin. When you have completed both sections please hit the esc key and hand in your paper. His Life. His Work. His Life.

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william shakespeare

William Shakespeare

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when you have completed both sections please hit the esc key and hand in your paper
When you have completed both sections please hit the esc key and hand in your paper.

His Life

His Work

his life
His Life
  • Shakespeare was Christened on April 26, 1564. There is no record of when he was born but it is commonly believed that his birthday was April 23, 1564.

The entry is in Latin and says, “Gulielmusfilius Johannes Shakespere” or, in English, “William son of John Shakspere”.

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  • His father was John Shakespeare. He was a glover and a leather merchant. A glover is someone who makes gloves.
  • His mother was Mary Arden who was a local landed heiress. This means that she inherited land from her father.
  • Shakespeare had four siblings that lived through childhood.

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His Life
  • Scholars think that Shakespeare went to grammar school starting around age six or seven even though there are no records to prove this. They think this because of his knowledge of Latin and Classical Greek. Scholars do know that he never went to university.

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His Life
  • Shakespeare got married on November 28, 1582 to Anne Hathaway. He was 18 years old and she was 26 years old. They had three children but one died as a child.

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His Life
  • Shakespeare started to establish himself as an actor and playwright around 1588. A playwright is someone who writes plays. By 1594, Shakespeare was not only acting and writing for the Lord Chamberlain’s men, but he was also a managing partner of the group as well.

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His Life
  • Shakespeare died on what people believe to be his birthday, April 23, 1616, at the age of 52. We do not know what he died from.

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His Life questions

When was Shakespeare Christened?

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Shakespeare had how many siblings live through childhood?

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Did Shakespeare go to university?

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Who did Shakespeare marry?

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What theatre group did Shakespeare work with?

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When did Shakespeare die?

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his work
His Work
  • Shakespeare wrote different types of plays. These types are tragedies, comedies, and histories.
  • An example of a tragedy is Romeo and Juliet.
  • An example of a comedy is A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • An example of a history is Richard III.

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  • Shakespeare also wrote 154 sonnets. A sonnet is a poem that has 14 lines, a specific rhyme scheme, and uses iambic pentameter.

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  • Shakespeare loved a good insult and you can find them throughout his plays.
  • You juggler! You canker-blossom!-A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Thou lump of foul deformity!-Richard III
  • Thou are pigeon-liver’d and lack gall.- Hamlet
  • Thou art a man of wax.- Romeo and Juliet
  • Thou halfpenny purse of wit, thou pigeon egg of discretion. - Love's Labour Lost

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  • Shakespeare invented over 1700 of our common words by changing nouns into verbs, verbs into adjectives, connecting words together, adding prefixes and suffixes, and creating completely new words.
  • Some examples: preposterously, bashfulness, insufficiency, home-spuns, shrewishness, barky, undistinguishable

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  • Shakespeare coined many phrases that we still use today.
  • Some examples are: As dead as a doornail, All of a sudden, For goodness’ sake, What’s done is done, Eating me out of house and home, Good riddance, Budge an inch, and Knock, knock, who’s there?

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His Work Questions

What is an example of a Shakespearean comedy?

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What is a sonnet?

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Which would not be considered a Shakespearean insult?

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About how many words did he create?

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What is not a phrase coined by Shakespeare?

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