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Examination Questions on Romeo and Juliet

Question: Who is Queen Mab, mentioned by Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, 1.4. Is she an original character from Shakespeare, or did she come from another source?

Answer: Shakespeare's reference to Queen Mab, the well-known fairy in Celtic (Irish) folklore -- famous centuries before Shakespeare -- was the first known reference to her in English literature. After Shakespeare introduced Mab the Fairy Queen to English poets, she became much loved. P.B. Shelley wrote a poem in nine cantos called Queen Mab in 1813. Please click here for more on Queen Mab.

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