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Shakespeare Webquest Mr. Hakim
The purpose of the assignment is to gain background information regarding
Shakespeare and his time period. Another purpose is to learn and organize
expository information through secondary research.
Your task is to answer all the questions using the links provided. Be sure you answer all
parts of the question. You do not have to write complete sentences. Your answers need
to be on a separate MS Word document. Make sure you number your answer sheet
appropriately, and give headers.

About Shakespeare
Go to the file entitled Shakespeares Timeline. It is on the portal. Answer the following

1. Go to Birth & Early Years. William Shakespeare was born in what year? 1564
2. What date do we recognize as his birthday? April 23
3. What was important about Stratford-upon-Avon in the 16th century? important
agricultural center and market town

4. Go to 1594 and find the acting companies Shakespeare was associated with in the
early days. Name one. The Queen's Men

5. Go to 1599 The Great Globe. What is the probable year that Romeo and Juliet was
written? 1595

6. Scroll down to the section "Construction of the Globe," and answer these questions:
A. Where did the timbers to build the Globe come from? Thames
B. Who was the carpenter who built the Globe? Peter Smith
C. What was Shakespeare's share as "householder?" 10% of the total profits
7. What day and year did Shakespeare die? Why is this an interesting date? How old
was Shakespeare when he died?

April 23, 1616

Same day as his birthday

52 years old

About Marriage
Go to this website and answer the next

1. Read this site about marriage in Elizabethan England and answer these questions.
A. What does betrothal mean? promise to wed, and also the period of time
between a marriage proposal and a marriage

B. Name one marriage and betrothal custom found on this page.

He gives her a ring to be worn on the right hand. It changes to
the left at the wedding.

2. Click on the link for "more wedding customs."

A. What color should the bride's dress be? can be any fashionable or current
color and cut, not white

B. How is the intention to marry announced? What happens if it is not announced

before the wedding ceremony?

The intention to marry must be announced in the church

three times; that is, on three consecutive Sundays or holy days, in the
same parish
Any marriage not published
before-hand is considered clandestine, and illegal.

C. Describe the wedding procession.

Any bridesmaids (i.e., the bride's maids) help the bride to prepare, then they, the bride,
the groom, the families, and all the guests assemble, and go in procession from the
house or houses to the church.
The bridal procession is generally noisy, accompanied by musicians, laughter, and bawdy
jokes. Town councils have been known to complain about the noise and general disorder.

D. What is a dowry? amount of money, goods, and property the bride

brings to the marriage

About Language
Go to this website and continue.

1. A famous line from Romeo and Juliet is when Juliet says, "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore
art thou Romeo?" What does "wherefore" mean?


2. Go to this website to get the information

you need to translate this conversation. Put your translation in column two. Keep the
phrases just about the same, but use Elizabethan words where you can. So, in other
words, you rewrite the entire phrase but replace as many words as you can with
Elizabethan English.
Person A Hello. (A sneezes) Excuse me.
Person B Gesundheit!

Hello. Forgive me.


Thank you.

I thank thee

Say, do you know where the

closest bathroom is?


Certainly. It's down the street in

the Kings Tavern.

Certes. Its down the street in the

Kings Tavern.

Thanks. Goodbye.

My thanks. Good day.

Do you know where the privy

About The Globe Theatre is the link for questions 1 and 2. is the link for questions 3 and
4. is for 5 and 6.

1. Name the three theatres which competed with The Globe. the Swan, the Rose,
and the Hope

2. How did the original Globe burn down in 1613?

a cannon shot during a

performance of Henry VIII ignited the thatched roof of the gallery.

3. The Globe Theater was rebuilt in 1997, and renamed Shakespeares Globe. Click on
the pictures of outside and tell me what you think here.
for the wealthy, shows craftsmanship

plain colors, ornate gate,

4. Click on the pictures of inside Shakespeares Globe and tell me what you think
here. no curtain, fancy columns, high ceiling, no stage lights, audience can see
almost everything, audience can see the sides of the stage, outdoors, well built, all

5. During a performance of Henry V, someone refers to the original Globe as a wooden


6. Though the wood and roofing materials are the same in the 1997 Globe, name three
things that have changed (they are listeddont just guess). Additional exits, fire
retardant materials, illuminated signage
Shakespearean Insults

1. Go to the and create your own insult.

Start with the word "Thou."

Next, take a phrase/word from the first column to begin your insult
Continue by adding something from the second column
Finish it up royally with something from the third column.

2. Type your created Shakespearean insult, and use google or another search engine to
translate it: what did it mean?
(Thou + choice from column 1 + choice from column 2 + choice from column 3 =
your custom made insult)
Thou dankish swag-bellied moldwarp

somewhat dank, having a large protruding stomach, mole