Shakespeare’s plays are almost completely composed of lines spoken by characters. But the stage directions that infrequently appear in the earliest published editions of Shakespeare’s plays remind us that these texts are meant to be performed; they give us clues as to how the actors move around and make their entrances and exits or what’s happening with the scenic design.
Test your Shakespeare knowledge! Can you match the stage directions in this quiz to the play in which they appear? The first one is perhaps the most famous: Exit pursued by a bear.
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