Shakespeare & Macbeth Background WebQuest Challenge

Who was William Shakespeare? A British writer of plays and poems
What did Shakespeare do that made him famous? He went to London and began selling, producing and performing in plays. His style of writing was different and unique.
Where were his play performed? In the Globe and Blackfriars Theaters.
What was unique about actors in the plays during Shakespeare’s time? Acting was a profession only open to boys and men.
When was Shakespeare born? April 23, 1564
Where was Shakespeare born? Stratford-on-Avon
What else did Shakespeare write other than plays? Poetry
When did Shakespeare die? April 23, 1616
Who was Shakespeare married to? Anne Hathaway
What was his first published play? When did it appear? Henry VI, Part 2 in 1594
How many plays did Shakespeare write? 37 plays
How many children did Shakespeare have? 3
What were Shakespeare’s children’s names and birth years? Susanna – May 1583, Hamnet – 1585, Judith – 1585
What is the earliest record of Shakespeare in the theater? An entry in the declared accounts of the treasurer of the Royal Chamber dated March 15, 1595 with Shakespeare as the payee.
How much was Shakespeare paid for his first paid performance? 20 pounds
What was Shakespeare’s first paid performance and who was it for? A Christmas performance for Queen Elizabeth
How old was Shakespeare when he wrote his first play? 25 years old
What are the three genres that Shakespeare’s plays are divided into? The Comedies, The Tragedies, & The Histories
Who was the ruling monarch during Shakespeare’s time? Queen Elizabeth I
What were the two major religions of England during Shakespeare’s time? Catholic & Protestant
What time period/era was Shakespeare in? Elizabethan Era (1558 – 1603)
What name was the Elizabethan Era given and why was it called that? The Golden Age – It was a time of peace and prosperity, a time of progress.
When was Macbeth written? 1606
What is the time period and setting of Macbeth? 11th Century, set primarily in Scotland.
What are the years that Macbeth reigns over Scotland? 1040-1057
Who was the play Macbeth written for and why? King James I, to flatter him
Which character in Macbeth is King James I descended from? Banquo
What is the other name Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is known as? The Scottish Play
Was there a real Lady Macbeth? What was her name? Yes, the character is fictional, but Macbeth was a real Scottish King with a wife name Gruoch.
What do the three witches symbolize in Macbeth? 1. The darkness and depravity of the human soul, the part that bends itself towards darkness.2. They influence the external forces that tempt humans.3. They symbolize the darkness that resides in Macbeth’s heart.4. They are an outward manifestation of Macbeth’s wickedness and the horrible acts he commits.

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