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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
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Last updated: August 28, 2018
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First submittedDecember 30, 2012
Times taken303,799
Average score44.1%
Rating4.36
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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
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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
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Romeo and Juliet
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 65
May 1, 2017
Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare. Francis Bacon did!
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Level 60
May 1, 2017
Nah
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Level 71
May 1, 2017
That's a 'rash' statement.
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Level 67
May 28, 2017
Wow.
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Level 89
Jul 27, 2019
Over here we consider your Bacon to just be a ham though.
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Level 64
May 1, 2017
Every time I take it, I forget about a different set.
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Level 41
Oct 20, 2022
Exactly my point. It is learning. Improving the mind. Not cheating.
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Level 71
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 67
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 26
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 79
Jul 14, 2017
Oddly fitting that the one I never remember is 'Comedy of Errors'
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Level 58
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 47
Oct 23, 2018
thank you this made my day
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Level 67
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 82
Sep 13, 2017
You forgot Pumbaa of Sparta
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Level 53
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 54
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 69
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 67
Oct 28, 2017
I was pretty sure that I typed in Merchant of Venice but it didn't work.
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Level 67
Oct 28, 2017
Maybe I accidentally typed in "from" instead of "of."
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Level 82
Nov 2, 2017
I got Troilus and Cressida. Ha Ha, I bet you didn't.
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Level 22
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 70
Nov 28, 2017
This needs more time!!!!!!!!!!!
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Level 22
Dec 25, 2017
agree
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Level 22
Dec 25, 2017
yes! earned the history badge
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Level 70
Jan 19, 2018
Me too after doing this quiz seven times!
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Level 86
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 67
Apr 20, 2019
that ll teach em !
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Level 89
Jul 27, 2019
I was pretty perplexed that of all the 100s of great history quizzes here a literature quiz was substituted.

I come to bury this badge, not to praise it.

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Level 65
Oct 6, 2021
Agree. This and the Greek alphabet (where you need to know every letter) feels kind of misplaced. I understand that a lot of people see them as relevant to history, but they are kind of extreme in that regard if you ask me.
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Level 71
Nov 28, 2021
How is this not history? Shakespeare is often seen as the embodiment of not just Elizabethan England but all of Europe in the late 1500s and early 1600s. His writings tell us a lot about European society at the time, when it still wasn't the norm for commoners to be literate and write books. Beyond that, he wrote plenty of plays about Greco-Roman civilization and medieval Europe, as can be clearly seen.

I agree the Greek alphabet one is kinda out of place, but I think this quiz is totally warranted for a history badge.

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Level 71
Feb 4, 2018
How did I remember "Antony and Cleopatra" and forget "Julius Caesar"? *facepalm*
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Level 53
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 60
Feb 12, 2018
Please accept Hamilton
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Level 34
Mar 16, 2018
this is a typing test
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Level 73
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 61
Jul 1, 2018
Far too little time for so many titles
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Level 85
Aug 29, 2018
Interesting how changing the order got my brain all twisted up!
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Level 43
Sep 18, 2018
34/34! ;D *closes Wikipedia page*
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Level 45
Dec 5, 2023
It's hard to type them all in time even cheating. Sign of a good quiz.
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Level 77
Sep 20, 2018
Your should accept "The Scottish Play" for all the actors out there ;)
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Level 72
Nov 25, 2019
Is it unlucky to type the name as well?
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Level 82
Oct 8, 2021
it's probably better not to chance it :-P
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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 49
Apr 18, 2019
Got them all in 57 seconds! I'm 13!
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Level 89
Jul 27, 2019
Shakespeare would've been beyond screwed trying to write all these long answers in the time given with a quill pen.
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Level 67
Nov 25, 2019
He probably only pushed the idea that brevity is the soul of wit because all quill work made his hand hurt.
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Level 20
Sep 5, 2019
1:03 left. I need to do better.
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Level 52
Dec 16, 2019
I did it but I’m sad that I didn’t end with All's Well That Ends Well.
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Level 81
Dec 29, 2019
Always good to forget the one you studied for 2 years...
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Level 54
Feb 18, 2020
If you’re counting King John, you should probably include the two noble kinsmen, written with John Fletcher, a contemporaneous playwright.
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Level 58
Mar 7, 2020
I kept typing "THE Comedy of Errors" and I didn't get it
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Level 51
May 23, 2020
great quiz! Just enough time to make it challenging. Took me about 15 tries, but I'm finally getting all of them with less than a minute to go.
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Level 34
Jun 18, 2020
I am an actor and I did Romeo and Juliet once
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Level 57
Jul 10, 2020
I got KING JOHN but missed A Midsummer Night's Dream... WHHYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Level 57
Aug 9, 2020
I guess Shakespeare found Henry VII boring, considering he did Henry IV, V, VI, and then skipped right to VIII
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Level 48
Aug 23, 2020
I didnt know what title means LMAO
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Level 75
Oct 11, 2020
Please consider updating the sorting to ignore the articles "A" and "The" (e.g. A Midsummer Night's Dream belongs with the M's). This is how all libraries sort Shakespeare's titles in their catalogs.
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Level 85
Nov 18, 2020
The quiz used to be sorted that way (note my comment above about changing the order) - but one day, inexplicably, it was changed to the rather odd way it is now.
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Level 46
Nov 27, 2020
I got exactly 15; just enough to get the badge lol.
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Level 24
Feb 4, 2021
Sadly i only know romeo and juliet
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Level 66
Feb 10, 2021
This website is to much concentrate on the English language. Why does someone need to know 30/34 of his plays?
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Level 44
Mar 8, 2021
The quiz are made by users, and there are other language options.
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Level 81
Sep 7, 2023
I think that that's a comment regarding the history badge which also entails knowing 44/45 of the US presidents, every single English monarch in history, and the names of medieval English professions. They've got a point, and badges aren't available in other languages.
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Level 44
Mar 8, 2021
17/34. I should have tried beyond Henry IV.
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Level 49
May 6, 2021
24/34. Not too bad, but embarrassed I forgot As You Like It, which I've read, and Tempest, which I have and plan to read.
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Level 60
Jun 21, 2021
I got As You Like It but missed Romeo and Juliet :/
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Level 64
Aug 25, 2021
This is a ridiculously short time to type in answers. Especially when the person setting the quiz doesn't realize that Henry IV and Henry VI constitute 5 separate plays altogether. Brush up your Shakespeare, quizmaster
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Level 67
Oct 8, 2021
He knows. There is a note at the top that plays with multiple parts are each listed as one work.
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Level 74
Sep 18, 2021
Quizmaster on other quizzes: It's not a race

Quizmaster on this quiz: 4 minutes is plenty for all the works of Shakespeare!

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Level 81
Aug 29, 2022
We've been complaining about the lack of time on this quiz for almost eight years. I wonder if there's any logic behind the decision not to increase it.
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Level 81
Sep 7, 2023
Is there any chance of revisiting this question? I don't understand the resistance to increasing the time. A recent quiz gives five minutes to name twenty Star Wars characters from their photographs.
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Level 62
Oct 9, 2021
I coulda been a contender!!! (with more time)
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Level 25
Dec 23, 2021
Another 30 sec. to 1 minute more would be great 😅

Nice quiz though!

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Level 61
Dec 29, 2021
Romeo & Juliet,Temprest,Hamlet,and Merchant of Venice are my Favorites!
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Level 61
Dec 29, 2021
A similiar one to Romeo & Juliet is Antony & Cleopatra about Roman Soldier,Mark Antony and Egyptian Queen,Cleopatra VII (7)
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Level 50
Feb 4, 2022
1 second left OOOF
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Level 77
Feb 8, 2022
No Timon of Athens?
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Level 85
Nov 18, 2023
Look again. (Timon is right before Titus.)
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Level 25
Jun 15, 2022
I got everything except:

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

Play

Romeo and Juliet

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 25
Jun 15, 2022
oof you were so close to full marks
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Level 25
Jun 15, 2022
yeah :(
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Level 25
Jun 15, 2022
u can do better next time :D
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Level 25
Jun 15, 2022
ok :D
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Level 63
Feb 22, 2024
Don't feel bad I don't think any of us put 'play', which as names for plays go is a pretty clumsy bit of exposition.
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Level 48
Dec 5, 2022
I wrote "The Two Gentlemen of Verona", plus variants with from /of. But it seems the quizz only accepts without "the". Could you change that, please?
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Level 20
Mar 31, 2023
This is really hard. It makes you type 'the' or it wont accept the answer and i think you dont get enough time. I knew more than 20 but i ran out of time so i got a lower score than i was supposed to. Please change this. Thank You.
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Level 47
Sep 8, 2023
they need more time
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Level 59
Sep 13, 2023
"The Scottish Play" should be accepted as an answer for "Macbeth."
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Level 60
Feb 23, 2024
definitely
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Level 95
Nov 26, 2023
It's always fun to come back to this quiz. I think The Two Noble Kinsmen should be added to the list as it is now generally accepted. Also (a very small point) it's 'The Tempest' rather than 'Tempest'.
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Level 43
Nov 27, 2023
and remember: "In Titus Andronicus" a woman gets her son served up in a pie!
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Level 47
Dec 19, 2023
Would you be able to allow "the" in front of two gentlemen of verona..? Annoyed I missed that one now
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Level 68
Dec 30, 2023
What's the source for this? If we're going by Wikipedia, then Edward III and The Two Noble Kinsmen must be included. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare's_plays
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Level 50
Jan 19, 2024
Why in God's name is this required for the history badge? I thought only school was made to make people hate Shakespeare, not this site too...
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Level 60
Feb 23, 2024
25 years since i read any Shakespear, got 13/34, hopeless, lol.
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Level 21
Mar 10, 2024
For the Henry plays why isn’t there a Henry I or a two or a three, same with the Richard plays why does it start at two in stead of one
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Level 23
Apr 22, 2024
15/34 i forgot macbeth and i studied it