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Shakespearean Villains

written by: Eve
 
Shakespeare's treacherous, envious, manipulative, bitter and vicious villains are among the most complex literary characters. Let's see how many of them you know.

Question 1:


Driven by jealousy, anguish and ambition, this character from a history play by Shakespeare uttered the words, "I am determined to prove a villain / and hate the idle pleasures of these days."
Richard III
King Lear
Claudius
Henry V

Question 2:


What Shakespearean character usurped the throne by murdering his brother and then married the late king's widow?
Polonius
Iago
Claudius
Julius Caesar

Question 3:


Name the Scottish King whom Macbeth murdered, led by his thirst for power and desire to obtain the throne.
King Malcolm II
King Henry
King Duncan
King Kenneth

Question 4:


This character, often regarded as one of Shakespeare's most malevolent villains, is an expert manipulator, who states, "I am not what I am".
Claudius
Polonius
Iago
Cassius

Question 5:


This complex Shakespearean character, who is a villain at one point and a victim at another, demanded "a pound of flesh" and rendered no mercy.
Shylock
Horatio
Antonio
Tubal

Question 6:


This character, who commits a number of villainous acts throughout the course of the play "King Lear", is the illegitimate son of the Earl of Gloucester.
Edgar
Edmund
Antonio
Philip

Question 7:


What character from the play "Julius Caesar" incites the conspiracy against Caesar and plays a leading role in his assassination?
Taurus
Cassius
Arviragus
Brutus

Question 8:


Name King Lear's brutal son-in-law who gouged out Gloucester's eyes in Shakespeare's tragedy "King Lear".
Earl of Kent
Duke of Burgundy
Edmund
Duke of Cornwall

Question 9:


In the play "Cymbeline", this dishonest Roman soldier tricked Posthumos into believing that he had seduced his wife, Imogen.
Philario
Cassius
Iachimo
Brutus

Question 10:


In what Shakespearean comedy did Don John acknowledge, "though I cannot be said to be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied but I am plain-dealing villain"?
The Taming of the Shrew
Measure for Measure
Much Ado About Nothing
The Comedy of Errors

 


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