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Shakespeare's Plays Quiz

How many of William Shakespeare's plays can you name?
If a play has multiple parts, we only count it once
Last updated: August 28, 2018
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
All's Well That Ends Well
Antony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
Comedy of Errors
Coriolanus
Cymbeline
Hamlet
Henry IV
Henry V
Henry VI
Henry VIII
Play
Julius Caesar
King John
King Lear
Love's Labour's Lost
Macbeth
Measure for Measure
Much Ado about Nothing
Othello
Pericles
Richard II
Richard III
Romeo and Juliet
Play
Tempest
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Taming of the Shrew
The Winter's Tale
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
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level 20
Jan 2, 2013
To fail or not to fail, that is the question. I sadly forgotten about Hamlet D:!
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level 64
Jan 2, 2013
I forgot Hamlet AND Macbeth. *derp*
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level 14
Aug 14, 2013
I did also! I felt a bit embarrassed...
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level 20
Nov 23, 2014
Got Taming of the Shrew, but didn't get Julius Caesar! "facepalm"
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level 20
Nov 23, 2014
Or Tempest. "sigh"
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level 36
Feb 18, 2015
my typing is so slow, so I type it over and over until it's fast enough--and I forget one or 2 or even 3 every time. Not the same ones either. Something about the human brain...it does not want to make quite this much room in our immediate memory. Leaves them in deeper long term memory until forced forward.
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level 45
May 31, 2015
I agree there's not enough time.
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level 75
Jan 18, 2018
Agreed. the time is very tight. You need to know them all without pausing to think, and be a decent typist...
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level 76
Oct 22, 2015
I almost didn't get Romeo and Juliet, which was annoying.
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level 39
Jan 14, 2013
Forgot about that other Henry VII and the Richards...
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level 42
Nov 18, 2016
Henry VII isn't one, do you mean VI or VIII?
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level 68
Feb 5, 2019
Apparently Shakespeare forgot about Henry VII too, since he didn't write a play about him.
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level 15
Mar 28, 2013
got 29 :)
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level 27
May 11, 2013
Only forgot Pericles, quite proud because I've never heard of it :D
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level 42
Jan 6, 2017
Greek general
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level 60
Mar 28, 2018
Leader of Athens, but sure.
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level 73
Jul 12, 2013
HA! Got Henry 5,6 & 8, but missed Henry 4. D'OH!
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level 44
May 2, 2017
I did the exact same thing. :P
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level 11
Jul 21, 2013
what about marcus arealis
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level 67
Jul 31, 2013
What about Love's Labor Won? Or are you counting only the ones that can be read today?
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level 82
Oct 8, 2013
Well, first we'd have to be sure that Love's Labour Won is indeed another play, and not an alternate name to one of the plays already listed. I think the prevailing theory right now is that it could be Much Ado about Nothing.
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level 28
Apr 4, 2014
I think that chasing 450 year old plays down is probably too much ado about nothing!
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level 75
Dec 16, 2014
yeah and what about Never Say Never Again? Does that not count because it's not canon?
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level 70
Sep 13, 2017
that comment may be three years old, but it just made me burst out laughing
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level 48
Mar 2, 2014
Henry IV Part 1 and Part 2 are separate plays - as are Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3.
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level 71
Apr 8, 2014
It says, at the top, that if a play has multiple parts, it is only counted once.
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level 75
Dec 14, 2014
That was really the problem with Shakespeare, wasn't it? So many sequels, remakes and reboots. How about some originality?
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level 75
Jan 18, 2018
Exactly! This guy sounds like a total hack!
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level 75
Mar 16, 2018
Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.
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level 71
Apr 8, 2014
Really, Two Noble Kinsman should be on this list. It is now an accepted part of the Shakespeare canon. A collaboration with Fletcher. As was Henry VIII
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level 26
Apr 16, 2014
24--I'm happy
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level 48
Mar 11, 2019
Same but I embarrassingly missed Tempest...
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level 55
May 20, 2014
I knew there was one about Troy! Forgot it was Troilus and Cressida. And I can't believe I forgot about merchant of Venice ...
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level 21
Sep 23, 2014
Not surprised I forgot KING JOHN, but am surprised that I forgot TAMING OF THE SHREW.
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level 43
Oct 24, 2014
missed romeo and Juliet *facepalm*
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level 79
Dec 14, 2014
I can't believe you didn't include Hamlet 2.
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level 78
May 1, 2017
I'm disappointed about the exclusion of Romeo and Juliet 2.
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level 42
Mar 16, 2018
I'm disappointed they omitted Gnomeo and Juliet, which credits Shakespeare as Guest Writer (it used some of his quotes)
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level 75
Dec 14, 2014
Considering I took three years of this stuff I missed quite a few. Also could have sworn I typed in some that didn't come up but then they showed up as wrong answers... must have made a typo.
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level 67
Dec 14, 2014
I always miss Othello and Twelfth Night. It's just a tradition for me now.
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level 37
Dec 15, 2014
Great quiz. Love Shakespeare. Could definitely use at least one or two more minutes though.
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level 24
Dec 15, 2014
Quizmaster why isn't the two noble kinsmen there?
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level 36
Dec 17, 2014
I love this but I could never type this fast. It's a shame that several quizzes here end way before we can get all our knowledge out because we are poor typists--they become essentially a secretarial quiz instead of a knowledge one. If these quizzes were timed but we clicked when done, it would be a race, but not one that ends before we all are done. The braggarts could brag, and the rest would not have to opt out to "untimed" each time we have 30% to go and 12 seconds!
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level 82
Jul 2, 2015
You do know about the stop timer function on the top bar, right?
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level 28
Mar 16, 2018
Evidently not.
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level 42
Mar 16, 2018
Evidently, @cyninoregon mentions it in that comment: '...opt out to "untimed" each...'
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level 23
Jan 6, 2015
got all in two minutes left
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level 45
May 31, 2015
I really admire your typing speed! I know them all but was about short of about a third of them.
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level 41
Jan 13, 2015
I wasted time on the Richards and the Henrys, I forgot they didn't have 'King' in the titles. I took me a minute to get that straightened out in my head :P
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level 49
Feb 1, 2015
got 15 but how did I miss a few that I missed lol
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level 39
May 29, 2015
What about Idem?
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level 25
Sep 25, 2015
I hate to be THAT person, but Hamlet's official title is "The Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Denmark"
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level 76
Oct 22, 2015
I think most of the plays have longer titles than they are known by.
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level 59
May 1, 2017
If you hated to be that person, you wouldn't be that person.
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level 66
Aug 16, 2018
Yes, and it's The Tragedy of Macbeth; The Tragedy of Julius Caesar; The Tragedy of Othello: the Moor of Venice; The Life and Death of King John; Twelfth Night, or What You Will; The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus; Cymbeline, King of Britain; The Most Excellent History of the Merchant of Venice; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; etc., and there's absolutely no need to type all that out when everyone knows perfectly well what Hamlet means.
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level 64
Oct 2, 2015
I like the fact that typing in "What You Will" brings up Twelfth Night. Pleasing attention to detail.
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level 39
Oct 13, 2015
Good quiz but more time would be nice.
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level 35
Apr 26, 2016
Doctor who led me to try Love's Labour's Won...
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level 45
Sep 27, 2016
I don't even LIKE Shakespeare and I still can't believe I forgot Macbeth....
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level 47
Apr 20, 2019
he doesnt like you either
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level 55
Jan 22, 2017
I forgot The Merry Wives of Windsor
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level 45
Mar 23, 2017
I have no trouble remembering them, I just can't type quickly enough, nor without typos!
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level 47
Mar 31, 2017
These plays remind me of the woman who didn't want to see Henry V because she said she didn't like sequels.
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level 64
May 1, 2017
who's here only answered romeo and juliet?
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level 47
May 1, 2017
Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare. Francis Bacon did!
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level 67
May 1, 2017
Nah
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level 67
May 1, 2017
That's a 'rash' statement.
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level 49
May 28, 2017
Wow.
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level 66
May 1, 2017
Every time I take it, I forget about a different set.
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level 67
May 1, 2017
If you had asked me the 'Shakespeare Plays' at home, sat in my armchair, I could have given you most of them, but start the timer and all of a sudden my brain empties and after 14 of 34 I'm staring at the clock watching it unwind...... dear me.
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level 47
Apr 20, 2019
so you arent at home?? and does an armchair or seat or sofa or chair or couch matter?

i know the things a timer can do to you, especially when it is down to the last minute. I dotn have the issue as much with subjects like these. but with elements for instance or, countries with(out) a certain letter in them.

I think it was on a quiz with countries and capitals with an n (makes sense, but it think since then it allways pops in my mind even with unrelated subjects like animals or whatever) and narnia kept coming to mind,,,

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level 28
May 3, 2017
Should accept 'King Henry V' etc. Kept typing it in wondering how in the world I could be misspelling it.
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level 68
Jul 14, 2017
Oddly fitting that the one I never remember is 'Comedy of Errors'
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level 50
Aug 6, 2017
Fun fact: William Shakespeare lived in Stratford von Avon apartment 2-b ... or was it not 2-b? I don't remember
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level 41
Oct 23, 2018
thank you this made my day
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level 58
Aug 24, 2017
English is my native language, and I am ashamed for my parents that I got about half of these.
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level 64
Sep 8, 2017
Not enough time if one is old and typing on a lap top.
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level 75
Sep 13, 2017
You forgot Pumbaa of Sparta
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level 43
Sep 14, 2017
When you try the Henrys and realise Henry VII isnt one, so stop and dont try Henry VIII... dammit Shakespeare. Also missed Romeo and Juliet (facepalm)
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level 57
Sep 16, 2017
Took me more tries than I'd like to admit, but I finally got there. I kept forgetting Titus Andronicus...
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level 61
Oct 27, 2017
I kept trying "The Comedy of Errors" but it seems that's not accepted. Can you accept that as well?
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level 33
Oct 28, 2017
I was pretty sure that I typed in Merchant of Venice but it didn't work.
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level 33
Oct 28, 2017
Maybe I accidentally typed in "from" instead of "of."
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level 67
Nov 2, 2017
I got Troilus and Cressida. Ha Ha, I bet you didn't.
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level 21
Dec 25, 2017
i did. the only four i didn't get are Henry IV, All's that end well, two gentlemen of verona, and comedy of errors
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level 57
Nov 28, 2017
This needs more time!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 21
Dec 25, 2017
agree
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level 21
Dec 25, 2017
yes! earned the history badge
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level 57
Jan 19, 2018
Me too after doing this quiz seven times!
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level 77
Jun 21, 2018
I don't even try to get that badge because of this. Shakespeare is literature not history...
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level 47
Apr 20, 2019
that ll teach em !
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level 54
Feb 4, 2018
How did I remember "Antony and Cleopatra" and forget "Julius Caesar"? *facepalm*
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level 47
Feb 10, 2018
Shouldn't have to type entire name, for example it is clear once a quiz taker types Julius that they are mean Julius Caesar
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level 47
Apr 20, 2019
yes julius caesar was mean, that is clear
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level 49
Feb 12, 2018
Please accept Hamilton
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level 38
Mar 16, 2018
this is a typing test
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level 61
Apr 17, 2018
It's amazing how many wonderful plays one man wrote. I've seen many of these plays, perhaps the majority, at some point in my life, and the quality of the language and the wit is astounding. Even in the more dreary of the histories, the language is still so sharp and well-chosen. I really do kind of wish life was lived in iambic pentameter, we'd all sound so portentous all the time. :-)
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level 23
May 15, 2018
where is 'the two noble kinsmen'?
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level 52
Jul 1, 2018
Far too little time for so many titles
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level 75
Aug 29, 2018
Interesting how changing the order got my brain all twisted up!
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level 45
Sep 18, 2018
34/34! ;D *closes Wikipedia page*
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level 66
Sep 20, 2018
Your should accept "The Scottish Play" for all the actors out there ;)
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level 41
Feb 27, 2019
“Brush up your Shakespeare” reminded of a few I forgot! Very funny song from the musical “Kiss me Kate”.
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level 48
Apr 18, 2019
Got them all in 57 seconds! I'm 13!