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VIDEO 1: The Times of Shakespeare
 
   
 
Watch the video and do the following activities.
 
 Part One: Fill in the blanks with the right words.
 

Shakespeare was born in  in 1564 and died in 1616. He lived during a time known as the , the period during the reigns of the  and the early . This general period is known as the , after . was a time of immense  and  and the  which drew upon the  world, especially the , with ancient  and  influencing the .

Shakespeare grew up in , a small English town, then made his way to  where he hooked up with an .

 

WORD BANK

 
acting company

arts

classical

creativity

culture

dramatists

Elizabethan era

England

 
English Renaissance (x3)

London

poets

Queen Elizabeth I

Roman

Stratford-on-Avon

Stuarts

Tudors

 
 Part Two: Answer the following questions.
 
Q. 1     True or False?
 
            People respected actors a lot.       True.    False.
 
Q. 2     What was the name of the theatre in London in which Shakespeare performed?
 
            In London Shakespeare performed in a theatre called .
 
Q. 3     Fill in the blanks with the right words.
 
Shaped sort of like an O, the theatre was a -  theatre with an open  in the centre of the . Each  had a  with  for the . The central area known as the was where the  watched the . Because they stood on the bare ground for the duration of the  these theatregoers were known as . These  ate  all day and quite frankly smelt bad.

 WORD BANK

audience
floor
gallery
groundlings (x2)
masses
pit
performances
plays
roof
seats
stage
storey
wooden
Q. 4     How long did a play normally last?
 
             1 hour.    2 hours.    3 hours.    4 hours.    5 hours.
 
Q. 5     Who played female roles in Elizabethan theatre?
 
             played female roles in Elizabethan theatre.
 
Q. 6     Choose the correct answers.
 
            Shakespeare wasn't just . He was also  and  in the company that owned The
            Globe.
 
VIDEO 2: More about Shakespeare
 
   
 
Watch the video and answer the following questions. 
 
Q. 1     Fill in the blanks with the right words. 
 
 
 
Shakespeare lived in a time of tremendous (= great) . The  threatened devout  like his parents while ,  and  threatened the whole of England and its new queen, Elizabeth. In times of crisis, people turned to the  (= theatres) to  their problems and  them.

 WORD BANK

Catholics
forget
instability
plagues
playhouses
Protestant Reformation
riots
understand
wars 
 
Q. 2     True or False?
 
            Romeo and Juliet was an immediate success.      True.      False.
 
Q. 3     When did Shakespeare write Romeo and Juliet?
 
            Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet in      1574.      1584.      1594.
 
Q. 4     True or False?
 
            Before Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare had not written successful plays.      True.      False.
 
Q. 5     When did Shakespeare marry Ann Hathaway?
 
            Shakespeare married Ann Hathaway in      1552.      1562.      1572.      1582.      1592.
 
Q. 6     How many years older was Ann Hathaway?
 
            Ann Hathaway was  years older than William Shakespeare.
 
Q. 6     What can we say about Shakespeare in a nutshell?
 
            Shakespeare was a man of .

 

       


 

 

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