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Shakespeare: General Q & A

 What types of entertainment did they have in Elizabethan England?

 Who said that Shakespeare was not of an age, but for all time?

 Which Shakespeare character has the most lines?

 Which female character has the most lines?

 What kinds of birds does Shakespeare mention?

 Who were The King's Men?

 How many plays does Falstaff appear in?

 Did Shakespeare work on the King James Bible?

 Were women allowed on the Elizabethan stage?

 Does Shakespeare ever mention dogs?

 I heard that Shakespeare brought starlings to America. Is this true?

 Are any of Shakespeare's characters doctors?

 Which play is Shakespeare's longest?

 Which play is Shakespeare's shortest?


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In the Spotlight

Points to Ponder

He was not of an age, but for all time!
And all the Muses still were in their prime,
When like Apollo he came forth to warme
Our eares, or like a Mercury to charme!
Preface to the First Folio, written by Ben Jonson

These words of praise, probably the most famous ever written about Shakespeare, were penned by Shakespeare's good friend and fellow writer, Ben Jonson. But why is Shakespeare timeless? Reuben Post Halleck put it best: "Sometimes a writer voices the ideals and aspirations of his own day so effectively that he is called the spokesman of his age, but he makes slight appeal to future generations. Shakespeare was the spokesman of his own time, but he had the genius also to speak to all ages. He loved to present the eternal truths of the human heart and to invest them with such a touch of nature as to reveal the kinship of the entire world." (Halleck's New History of Literature)