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Learn about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan World as you prepare to read Romeo & Juliet
Last Updated: Feb 5, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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This Norski Guide provides everything you need to complete your Shakespeare Scavenger Hunt. 

Stop in the DAHS Library to see our Shakespeare display and browse through some non-fiction books about the Elizabethan Era.  Play the fortune teller game to discover which Shakespeare character you are.


Shakespeare/Elizabethan Websites

These are quality websites with loads of information about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Era.

William Shakespeare Biography (

Shakespeare's Biography (Shakespeare Resource Center)

No Sweat Shakespeare (

17th Century Rules of Marriage (Folger Shakespeare Library)

The Elizabethan World (


Other Helpful Resources

These subscription-based resources provide additional information about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Era.

Social Studies Database (ABC-CLIO)

World Book Online

Encyclopedia Britannica


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English 9 Mid-year Assessment (no longer accepting responses - thank you for your input)


Scavenger Hunt Questions - Start a GoogleDoc or Word Document

1. What is the assumed date of birth for Shakespeare?

2. Where was Shakespeare born?

3. Who were his parents?

4. Whom did Shakespeare marry?

5. Name Shakespeare's three children.

6. When did Shakespeare die?

7. Write what is on Shakespeare’s tomb.

8. What theatre was Shakespeare part owner of?

9. Describe the sections of the audience in the theatre.

10. What happened to the original theatre?

11. How many plays did Shakespeare write?

12. What are his three main types of plays?

13. What is Betrothal? What age is a person legally able to be betrothed in Elizabethan times?

14. What were the four most common names for baby girls during Elizabethan times?

15. What were the four most common names for baby boys during Elizabethan times?

16. What are some subjects that you might take if you were an Elizabethan boy?

17.What are the modern names for these Elizabethan professions?

• Cooper:

• Joiner:

• Glazier:

• Sawyer:

• Milliner:

18.Where is Verona (not in the US:)?

19. What is the definition of feud?

20. Name 2 famous feuds.

21. Find and list 10 Songs that have Romeo and Juliet in their titles or in the lyrics--

• Song 1:

• Song 2:

• Song 3:

• Song 4:

• Song 5:

• Song 6:

• Song 7:

• Song 8:

• Song 9:

• Song 10:

22. Name two modern movies that were based on a Shakespeare play--

Movie 1:

Movie 2:


Shakespeare-related Novels

Cover Art
Saving Juliet - Suzanne Selfors
Call Number: F SEL
Seventeen-year-old Mimi Wallingford's stage fright and fight with her mother on the closing night of Romeo and Juliet are nothing compared to the troubles she faces when she and her leading man are transported to Shakespeare's Verona, where she decides to give the real Juliet a happy ending.

Cover Art
Enter Three Witches - Caroline B. Cooney
Call Number: F COO
Lady Mary of Shiel is taken in as a ward of the Macbeths after her father is executed as traitor to the king. While working as a scullery maid Mary witnesses the Macbeths in their quest for power, and she meets a young man with ambitions of his own.

Cover Art
Kissing Shakespeare - Pamela Mingle
Call Number: F MIN
Although her parents are renowned Shakespearean actors, Miranda's performance in a school play is disastrous but before she can get away to hide, Stephen, a castmate, whisks her to sixteenth century England to meet--and save--the young Will Shakespeare.

Cover Art
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet - Erin Dionne
Call Number: F DIO
Hamlet's attempts to be a "normal" eighth grader become increasingly difficult when her genius seven-year-old sister and her eccentric Shakespeare scholar parents both begin to attend her school.

Cover Art
Loving Will Shakespeare - Carolyn Meyer
Call Number: F MEY
Anne Hathaway dreams about being married some day and having children, but she has not found a husband yet and she's getting older. Will Shakespeare was always entertaining to be around, but he has been away for quite awhile. Anne wonders if Will is in her future; she is much older than he is.

Cover Art
Romiette and Julio - Sharon M. Draper
Call Number: F DRA
Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same high school after falling in love on the Internet, but are harassed by a gang whose members object to their interracial dating.

Cover Art
The Juliet Club - Suzanne Harper
Call Number: F HAR
When high school junior Kate wins an essay contest that sends her to Verona, Italy, to study Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" over the summer, she meets both American and Italian students and learns not just about Shakespeare, but also about star-crossed lovers--and herself.

Cover Art
Something Rotten - Alan Gratz
Call Number: F GRA
In a contemporary story based on Shakespeare's play "Hamlet," Horatio Wilkes seeks to solve the murder of his friend Hamilton Prince's father in Denmark, Tennessee.


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