Brush Up Your Shakespeare with this True/False Quiz

Shakespeare-Smiles-Wink-HeadshotWanna “brush up your Shakespeare,” as Slug and Lippy sang in Kiss Me, Kate? Look no further. Here is a short true/false quiz to see if you can distinguish real Shakespeare quotes from non-Shakespeare.

Which of these are from Shakespeare? Answers follow the break:

  1. “We cannot all be masters, nor all masters cannot be truly follow’d.”
  2. “Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.”
  3. “Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove, That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields.”
  4. “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.”
  5. “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.”
  6. “There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will.”
  7. “Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove.”
  8. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.”
  9. “Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so.”
  10. “O heaven, were man But constant, he were perfect.”


1. Shakespeare (from Othello).
2. Shakespeare (from 3 Henry VI).
3. Not Shakespeare (from Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”).
4. Shakespeare (from Henry V).
5. Not Shakespeare (from Proverbs 15:13 in the King James Version of the Bible).
6. Shakespeare (from Hamlet).
7. Shakespeare (from Sonnet 116).
8. Shakespeare (from The Tempest).
9. Not Shakespeare (from John Donne’s sonnet, “Death Be Not Proud”).
10. Shakespeare (from The Two Gentlemen of Verona).

About writerhoss

I am a writer from southwestern Ohio, and a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. My books include The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional).
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