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Shakespeare Challenges



Challenge:

Only one of Shakespeare's comedies is set in England. Name the play.

 

Have you thought of the comedy?

Answer:

Can you believe that an English writer set thirteen plays in Italy, but only one comedy in his own country? (Of course, Shakespeare's history plays and a few of his tragedies take place in England.)

 

How would you begin searching for his English comedy? We've given you a big hint by telling you that there's only one.

 

Look at a list of Shakespeare's comedies in your home, school, or town library. If you don't have any books handy, try looking on-line. A great site to use is http://www.it.usyd.edu.au/~matty/Shakespeare/ .

You'll notice that at the bottom of the Web page there is a list of Shakespeare's plays.

 

As you read through a list of plays, you'll notice that Shakespeare sometimes puts the name of the setting right in the title, as in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Merchant of Venice . Do any of the comedies have an English city in their title?

 

You should find the following play:
The Merry Wives of Windsor

 

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth I often spent a part of each year at Windsor Castle?



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