Quiz: Is This Event From a Shakespeare Play or Real History?
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Is This Event From a Shakespeare Play or Real History?
By: Khadija L.
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About This Quiz

William Shakespeare (1564-1616), was an English poet, playwright, and actor who in total, has written over 35 plays, 150 sonnets and two narrative poems. With most of his work being translated into almost every language, he has been called one of the best playwrights in history, and his works are still being read by the masses every year. 

Most of his work was produced between 1589 and 1613. The plays were grouped into comedies, tragedies and histories, and even though quite a few of Shakespeare's characters were based on real-life people, many of the stories were exaggerations of the actual events. 

Some of those plays included "King John," "Henry VIII," "Richard II," "Richard III," Pericles," and "Henry VI," parts 1, 2, and 3. Some of his other popular works include "Merchant of Venice," "Hamlet," "Romeo and Juliet," "Anthony and Cleopatra," "Tempest," "Othello," "Macbeth" and "Midsummer Night's Dream." 

How well do you know the difference between fact and fiction? If you were given different scenarios, would you be able to tell if they are real events or events out of a Shakespearean play? Well, this quiz was designed to test just that. Take it to find out if you know what's real and what's not. 

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King Leontes of Sicilia ordered the deaths of his wife and their two children.
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General Santa Anna held a state funeral for his amputated leg.
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Sultan Ibrahim I had almost 300 of his concubines drowned because one of them slept with another man.
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Romeo kills himself, thinking that Juliet is dead.
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Helena is granted the husband of her choice after helping to cure the king of France of an illness.
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Animals were put on trial, where they faced the possibility of criminal charges.
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Peter the Great had his wife's lover beheaded and gave her the head to keep in her room in a jar of alcohol.
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King Philip of France sends a messenger to England, asking​ King John to step down as king in favor of John's nephew becoming king.
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Brabantio learns of his daughter's elopement with Othello and tries to separate them.
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Henry II of Champagne died by falling out of a window.
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Roman Emperor Gaius planned to make his horse Incitatus a senator.
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Lord Angelo of Vienna takes it upon himself to rid Vienna of brothels and unlawful sexual activity.
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In order for King Lear to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, he asked them each to say how much they love him.
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Proteus and Valentine both fall in love with Silvia, the daughter of the Duke of Milan.
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Beautiful Bianca is unable to marry unless her older sister Katherine, who can be very brash, is married first.
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Pope Gregory IX linked black cats to Satan's reincarnation and ordered the death of all cats.
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When a pharaoh died, he was sealed in his tomb with his living pets, servants and mistresses.
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King Hamlet died because his brother Claudius poured poison into his ear.
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Dentures were once created using teeth that were pulled from the mouths of dead soldiers.
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After making enemies of almost everyone (including his own son) the Roman commander Caius Marcius Coriolanus suggested, "Cut me to pieces."
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Before becoming Pope Pius II, he was the author of a series of erotic poems.
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Accused people faced a "trial by ordeal" in which they were forced to stick their arm into a vat of boiling hot water. If their arm came out unharmed, they were deemed innocent.
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A beautiful woman named Hero pretended to be dead after her husband-to-be publicly​ denounced her at their wedding.
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The practice of ingesting concoctions containing human body parts was popularly used for different ailments.
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The King of Navarre and his followers vowed to take up a life of celibacy for three years.
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Imogen, the daughter of British King Cymbeline, disobeys her father by marrying a lowborn gentleman.
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King Antiochus, who is engaged in an incestuous affair with his daughter, keeps suitors at bay by asking them a riddle. If they answer incorrectly, they die.
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Emperor Commodus rounded up all of the dwarfs, disabled people ​and people who were considered freaks, then ordered them to fight to the death with meat cleavers at the Colosseum.
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A soothing syrup for children contained morphine.
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A woman named Viola disguises herself as a man named Cesario, who falls in love with her employer Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love​ with Olivia, who has fallen for Cesario.
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Macbeth is given a prophecy by three witches that he will become the King of Scotland.
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Urine was used as a type of mouthwash and a leavening agent.
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Because​ of the fear of being buried alive, safety coffins were invented.
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General Titus Andronicus exacts his revenge on Chiron and Demetrius for the violation of his daughter by baking them into a pie and feeding it to their mother.
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Maria Eleonora refused to bury her dead husband, King Gustavus Adolphus, choosing instead to sleep below a​ hanging golden casket containing his heart.
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