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Question: To be or not to be, that is the question is probably the most famous quote from William Shakespeare. But which of Shakespeare’s characters uttered these words?

Answer: Hamlet  It comes from the play of the same name. 

Question: Who, in the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, delivers a eulogy in honour of his recently murdered friend with the opening lines, Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears?  

Answer: Mark Anthony  

Question: In the Shakespeare play, Hamlet in which country was the title character a Prince?

Answer: Denmark

Question: Which play by William Shakespeare begins with the line, If music be the food of love?

Answer: Twelfth Night  

Question: Who, according to William Shakespeare, inspired his followers with these words, We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

Answer: Henry V 

Question: What’s the origin of the phrase, A sorry sight

Answer: Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. 

Question: In Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, he writes Shall I compare thee to a … what?

Answer: Summers Day

Question:  According to William Shakespeare which King of England said, A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse?

Answer: Richard III It is contained within Shakespeare’s play of the same name. 

Question: Who demanded a Pound of Flesh in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice?

Answer: Shylock 

Question: Who popularised the expression, Eaten out of house and home?

Answer: William Shakespeare It appears in his play Henry IV Part II

Question: Who in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night says, Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em?

Answer: Malvolio  

Question: Who is the originator of the expression A foregone conclusion?

Answer: Shakespeare It comes from his play Othello

Question: Who coined the phrase, Good Riddance?

Answer: Shakespeare It comes from his play Troilus and Cressida. 

Question: What’s the origin of the phrase, A sea change?

Answer: Shakespeare It comes from his play The Tempest