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William Shakespeare WebQuest

The World of William Shakespeare and details of his biography have


fascinated people for centuries. The questions and mysteries, which
surround William Shakespeare, the Great Stratford playwright and his
biography, life, times and works (including his plays, sonnets and
poems), are legion:

Use the following website to answer the questions on page 1 of this


WebQuest http://www.william-shakespeare.info/site-map.htm

Go to the Play Chronology Section to answer the next 5


questions.
▪ How many plays did William Shakespeare write? 38
▪ Is the chronology of Shakespeare’s plays exact? no
▪ Why or why not? because its based on information.
▪ What 5 processes did they use to try and piece together the
chronology of Shakespeare’s plays? Actual historical events,
Allusions to historical events in his plays, first
performance dates taken from personal diaries and
records, Royal court records, legal documents.

Go to the Sonnets Section to answer the next 4 questions.


▪ In what year was “Romeo and Juliet” first performed? 1597
▪ What is a sonnet? See the Sonnets section. 14-line lyric poem.
▪ What is iambic pentameter? Provide a literary example of iambic
pentameter. Lines ten syllables long.
▪ How many sonnets did William Shakespeare write? See the
Sonnets section. 154
▪ What are Shakespeare’s 5 most popular sonnets? See sonnets
section. O thou my lovely boy, my mistress’ eyes, when in
disgrace with fortune, Let me not to the marriage of true
minds, Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Go to William Shakespeare Biography section to answer the


next 4 questions.

 What are 3 known facts about William Shakespeare the great


Stratford Bard? Easy access to his biography via the timeline
index. Features Shakespear’s Life, World and works. He
wrote a lot of poems.

 List 3 facts that are known about the Elizabethan Stratford


Playwright and his family? They were all smart. The name
Dr. J. Smith, Facilitator ITU: TOLERANCE
Ms. J. Markley, Facilitator Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”

Mr. M. Pryor, Facilitator Willingness to recognize &


respect the beliefs or practices of
Ms. R. Muffler, Monday Facilitator William Shakespeare WebQuest
Shakespeare is extremely widespread. Shakespeare is spelt
in astonishing variety of ways.
 What exactly was the 'First Folio'? Is Shakespeare's picture an
accurate portrait? His first folio is Droeshout Engraving. No its
not an accurate picture.
 List 2 reasons why there is so much controversy about the
biography of the playwright (William Shakespeare)? There’s a lot
and they dident get published.

Go to the Black Death and Bubonic Plague section

 Were those who contracted the Bubonic Plague or Black Death


allowed outside of their house? Why or why not? No so they cant
get the deasies.
 Who were the Watchmen and what was their job? There jobs were
to not let the diesiesed in.
 How did those who had the Bubonic Plague or Black Death eat?
They ate what ever they could get.
 How did people get the Bubonic Plague or Black Death? Rats
 In 1563, in London, how many people died of the Bubonic Plague?
20,000

SHAKESPEARE WEBQUEST CHALLENGE

For the Next 13 questions you are not given a specific website to refer
to. Use your resources to locate the answers to these questions.
PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE EXACT WEB ADDRESS THAT YOU
USE TO ANSWER EACH QUESTION AFTER YOU HAVE
COMPLETED YOUR ANSWER.

1) Did William Shakespeare attend a University? If so, which one?


No
2) What is Shakespeare's shortest play? How many lines does it have?
The comedy of errors. IT has 1,787 lines.
3) What was the name of Shakespeare's wife? How old was
Shakespeare when they got married? Her name was Anne and he
was 18 when they got married.

4) Was Anne the same age as Shakespeare when they married? If not,
was Anne older or younger? She was 7-8 years older.

Dr. J. Smith, Facilitator ITU: TOLERANCE


Ms. J. Markley, Facilitator Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”

Mr. M. Pryor, Facilitator Willingness to recognize &


respect the beliefs or practices of
Ms. R. Muffler, Monday Facilitator William Shakespeare WebQuest
5) What actor first played the roles of Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and
Richard III (All characters in plays written by Shakespeare)? In what
year did this famous actor pass away?
Richard Burbage.
6) Did Shakespeare ever act in any of his plays? If so, list 2.
NO
7) Which role is Shakespeare said to have played in the original
production of Hamlet?
The Ghost
8) How many of Shakespeare's original manuscripts have survived?
Why?
None because of partly perhaps to the fact that they were
written.
9) What was the name of Shakespeare's only son?
Hamnet
10) How old was Hamnet when he died?
11
11) How many of Shakespeare's plays were published during his
lifetime? Why?
None
12) Name the two men who ended up gathering some of
Shakespeare’s plays to be published. How many plays did they
publish?
John Heminge and Henry Condell.
13) In what year was this collection of plays published? What is this
collection of plays known as? 1623. First folio.

14) List 4 interesting facts you learned about William Shakespeare


during this WebQuest, which you did not write about in the answers to
your WebQuest questions.
He had a lot of family members. His kid died at the age of
11. None of his plays were published. He has a couple names.
Lastly, find a Audio version of Romeo & Juliet on your computer and cut
paste the URL below: http://www.speak-the-speech.org/

Dr. J. Smith, Facilitator ITU: TOLERANCE


Ms. J. Markley, Facilitator Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”

Mr. M. Pryor, Facilitator Willingness to recognize &


respect the beliefs or practices of
Ms. R. Muffler, Monday Facilitator William Shakespeare WebQuest