Shakespeare's Plays by Plot

Give the plays of the Bard a name as according to the storyline given.
If you don't get the 30th, seriously, get out more.
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Last updated: June 11, 2015
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A magician attempts to overthrow his usurping brother, find his daughter a husband, and escape a deserted island.
The Tempest
Two young men try to regain their loved ones, one of which is locked in a tower, and one who has been left behind.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Two married women contrive to play a series of tricks on a man who is trying to court them, while a young woman tries to marry the man she loves, despite the wishes of her parents.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Two young women work together to save an unjustly accused man from being executed by a dishonest judge.
Measure for Measure
An elderly trader searches for his lost sons, who happen to be twins with twin manservants, which causes chaos until their relationship is discovered.
The Comedy of Errors
Two couples, one of which is unwilling to profess their love and the other who is constantly thwarted in their attempts, try to help the other couple reconcile their differences and discover the truth behind every lie.
Much Ado About Nothing
A king and his lords swear an oath to refrain from the company of women for three years, but when a princess and her ladies arrive at the court, each man is put to the test as they must decide if the oath can truly be kept.
Love's Labour's Lost
Fairies try to fulfill the wishes of humans and themselves, while several players attempt to perform a wedding play.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Three caskets can win a rich woman's hand, while a man prepares for trial after being unable to repay a loan.
The Merchant of Venice
Two disguised young women flee the court of a dishonest man, only to find the true duke and his followers in a forest and start a twisted romance that is far from acceptable.
As You Like It
A harsh young woman is taught a lesson when her husband uses reverse psychology, while two other men are engaged in a tug-of-war for the heart of another woman.
The Taming of the Shrew
A young woman must overcome a series of obstacles to win her true love.
All's Well That Ends Well
Twins shipwrecked on an island find true love and a haughty servant recieves his due.
Twelfth Night
A princess is raised as a shepherd while a king's insanity makes him lose his wife, son, and best friend.
The Winter's Tale
A prince seeks to find his lost daughter after overcoming a challenge for his wife.
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Two friends fall in love with the same woman and fight for her hand.
The Two Noble Kinsmen
A king attempts to keep his throne while strengthening his worldly ties.
King John
A dishonest king brings about his own downfall when he lessens the punishment of his cousin, who plans to take the throne.
Richard II
A young prince of poor standards becomes a hero in a traitor's battle.
Henry IV, Part 1
A dishonest lord attempts to make money while the young prince becomes a just king.
Henry IV, Part 2
The just king fights a war for a country and for a heart.
Henry V
A quarrel between a red and a white rose becomes deadly as a young woman sees visions to help her restore France.
Henry VI, Part 1
A civil war leads to the death of innocents and three nobles must flee for their lives.
Henry VI, Part 2
The three nobles seek revenge on the people who cast them out, and become murderers themselves, as a dishonest man plots for the throne.
Henry VI, Part 3
A dishonest man murders and schemes as he finds a way to rise to the throne, only to be destroyed for his crimes.
Richard III
A king finds a new queen and betrays his first, as the tides of power in the court continue to flow.
Henry VIII
The war of Troy rages on around two lovers, one of whom is suspected of sin.
Troilus and Cressida
A young man goes mad with power and attempts to destroy Rome before being killed for his betrayal.
A man becomes insane after he is betrayed by his friends and his sons executed.
Titus Andronicus
Two star-crossed lovers end a family feud at the cost of their own lives.
Romeo and Juliet
A man renounces society after his alleged friends betray him.
Timon of Athens
A Roman is betrayed and murdered, after which the killers all perish.
Julius Caesar
A nobleman commits a series of murders in an attempt to secure himself a future on the throne of Scotland.
A prince must avenge his father's murder.
A mad king divides his inheritance among flatterers.
King Lear
A scheming servant plots the murders of two nobles.
Two lovers fight a war together against Rome before being captured and committing suicide in despair.
Antony and Cleopatra
A young woman must find a way to marry her love while disguised as a boy carrying poison.
Level 60
Aug 1, 2014
Need more time!
Level 68
Sep 21, 2014
I got 20.... feel bad because I could've gotten 5 more. Nice though.
Level 45
Sep 22, 2014
Thanks! It was hard to summarize some of them.
Level 68
Nov 9, 2014
Good quiz. But it would be helpful if it accepted different ways of naming the histories. I tried Henry the fourth, Part One and Henry the 4th, Part 1. Neither worked and I gave up on the histories.
Level 45
Nov 10, 2014
Fixed! Thanks for the feedback!
Level 74
Jun 10, 2015
Great quiz! Only thing is, I didn't get a lot of them due to not putting "A" or "The" in the beginning of the titles. Any chance you could allow type-ins without those words?
Level 45
Jun 11, 2015
Fixed! Thanks for the feedback!
Level 85
Jun 7, 2017
If you don't need "Prince of Denmark" for Hamlet, why do you need "Prince of Tyre" for Pericles?
Level 32
Aug 30, 2021
Yes, I was expecting short-form answers for all the plays, and Pericles tripped me up (but I knew it was the only one left, so I got it in the end). After all, the title pages of most plays are much longer than the way we usually say them, like "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark."
Level 64
Oct 8, 2020
"A dishonest man murders and schemes as he finds a way to rise to the throne, only to be destroyed for his crimes" sounds quite Macbeth-ish.
Level 85
Apr 21, 2023
Thought the same thing
Level 78
Dec 16, 2021
Ironic that the longest play has the shortest clue.
Level 85
Apr 21, 2023
"A prince must avenge his father's murder... but takes his sweet time about it."
Level 34
Apr 26, 2023
Great quiz! It would be even trickier if the plays weren't in folio order, other than that it's an awesome quiz.