Point of View: Thus Wrote the Bard

A Shakespearean quiz

   BookHampton has a daily quiz now, and so I thought why oughtn’t I to have one too.
    Which Shakespearean characters said:
    1. “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”
    2. “For in a minute there are many days.”
    3. “It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.”
    4. “You taught me language, and my profit on ’t is I know how to curse.”
    5. “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”
    6. “Nay, but to live in the rank sweat of an eseam-ed bed, stewed in corruption, honeying and making love over the nasty sty!”
    7. “Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head. And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”
    8. “Tear-falling pity dwells not in this eye. . . . Talkers are no good doers.”
    9. “My library was dukedom large enough.”
    10. “A plague o’ both your houses!”
    11. “Who hath it [honor]? He that died a Wednesday.”
    12. “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more: Or close the wall up with our English dead!”
    13. “Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.”
    14. “Naught’s had, all’s spent where our desire is got without content.”
    15. “There is thy gold, worse poison to men’s souls, doing more murder in this loathsome world than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell.”
    16. “And yet, for aught I see, they are as sick that surfeit with too much as they that starve with nothing.”
    17. “O, whither hast thou led me, Egypt?”
    18. “What light is light if Sylvia be not seen — what joy is joy if Sylvia be not by.”
    19. “There is no world without Verona walls but purgatory, torture, hell itself.”
    20. “Care is no cure, but rather corrosive for things that are not to be remedied.”
    Answers: 1. Dick to Jack Cade, “Henry VI, Part 2”; 2. Juliet; 3. Lady Macbeth; 4. Caliban, “The Tempest”; 5. Trinculo, “The Tempest”; 6. Hamlet; 7. The Banished Duke, “As You Like It”; 8. Richard III; 9. Prospero, “The Tempest”; 10. Mercutio, “Romeo and Juliet”; 11. Falstaff, “Henry IV, Part 1”; 12. Henry V; 13. Malcolm, “Macbeth”; 14. Lady Macbeth; 15. Romeo; 16. Nerissa, “The Merchant of Venice”; 17. Antony; 18. Valentine, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”; 19. Romeo; 20. Pucelle (Joan of Arc), “Henry VI, Part 1.”
 


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