Quiz: How Well Do You Know Shakespeare Slang?

Shakespeare In Love, movies/tv, relationships, pop culture
Miramax Films

Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

Test your knowledge of archaic and colorful expressions from Shakespeare's plays with this fun quiz.

 Oct 02, 2017
1 of 15Pick your answer!
In 'The Taming of the Shrew', a shrew is _______.
an animal similar to a mole
a storm
a bossy woman
2 of 15Pick your answer!
In 'The Tempest,' a tempest is _________.
a mythological beast
a storm
a hot beverage made from licorice
3 of 15Pick your answer!
A strumpet, as mentioned in 'Hamlet,' is _________.
a type of rodent
a type of pastry
a woman with bad morals
4 of 15Pick your answer!
In Shakespearean English, what does "yonder" mean?
over there
5 of 15Pick your answer!
In Shakespearean English, what does "wherefore" mean?
6 of 15Pick your answer!
In 'Henry IV,' what is a maltworm?
an adulterer
a fool
a drunkard
7 of 15Pick your answer!
In 'Othello,' the character Lago is an ensign. What is an ensign?
a diplomat
a naval officer
a cook
8 of 15Pick your answer!
A newt, as mentioned by the witches in 'Macbeth,' is _________.
a salamander
a snake
a frog
9 of 15Pick your answer!
Puck in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' is a sprite, which is a type of ________.
10 of 15Pick your answer!
In 'Henry IV,' lack-linen means devoid of ________.
dress sense
11 of 15Pick your answer!
In Henry IV Part 2, a frustilarian refers to what kind of person?
a handsome man
a smelly old woman
an infant
12 of 15Pick your answer!
As mentioned in 'Hamlet', what does it mean to be miching around?
sneaking in the shadows
standing awkwardly
dawdling behind
13 of 15Pick your answer!
In 'As You Like It' Rosalind describes someone as a fancy-monger, what does this mean?
someone who is a love-dealer
someone who always wears a crown
someone who lives in a foreign country
14 of 15Pick your answer!
In 'Much Ado About Nothing' Leonato talks about candle-wasters, who is a candle-waster?
someone who uses candles outside
someone who hates using candles
someone who wastes candles reading late at night
15 of 15Pick your answer!
If someone calls you a bed-presser, what are they calling you?
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