William Shakespeare

First Folio. Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies - caption: 'William Shakespeare'

By researching William Shakespeare and the era in which he flourished, students will gain a new appreciation for his plays and sonnets. 

William Shakespeare at Southwark Cathedral

Today, you and a partner will team up to answer questions about the life and times of one of the world's most famous playwright and poet: William Shakespeare. You will find the questions under 'Process' tabs. In order to receive credit for each answer, you MUST write complete sentences! 

Answer the following questions in COMPLETE SENTENCES!

Shakespeare’s Life

  1. When was Shakespeare probably born?

  2. What were his parents name?

  3. What was his father’s occupation?

  4. Where was Shakespeare born?

  5. Who did Shakespeare marry? Did they have any kids? What were their names?

  6. Are their any direct descendants of Shakespeare?

  7. When was Shakespeare first mentioned to be in London?

  8. What major acting company did Shakespeare belong to?

  9. When did Shakespeare die?

  10. Where is Shakespeare’s memorial bust?

Click HERE to answer these questions. 

Elizabethan England

  1. When was the reign of Queen Elizabeth I?

  2. Who was her father?

  3. Who became the most celebrated English sea captain of his generation?

  4. Where was the heart of England at this time?

  5. How many people were in London during the 1500’s?

  6. What authors defined the London theatre at the time?

  7. What were the two major religions in Elizabethan England?

  8. Who dictated the ‘favoured’ religions?

  9. Who was Queen Mary? What is her nickname and how did she get it?

  10. How did Elizabeth do when her sister’s reign came to the end?

  11. Where did the term “Protestant” come from?

  12. What were the differences between the two beliefs?

  13. What were the similarities between the two beliefs?

  14. Who was Christopher Marlowe? How did he die?

  15. Who built the Globe (1599)?

  16. When were theatre performances held?

  17. Who performed the roles? What if there was a female role?

  18. Where did society see the most growth, during Elizabethan Era?

  19. What can you tell me about the houses of the time?

  20. What can you tell me about the literature of the time?

 ​​​​​​Religion in England

Elizabethan Life

Elizabethan Era

For evaluation, you must complete the assignment in complete sentences and in your own words. Failure to do so will result in points off (or no points at all!). Failure to work with your partner will also result in points off. Turn in the assignment when you and your partner have finished and begin reading Act I Scene i of Romeo and Juliet.


Now that you are finished, you should better understand Shakespeare and the world in which he wrote his famous plays and sonnets. You should better understand his works that we will be covering, such as Romeo and Juliet.

This is a webquest that can be used as an introduction to any of Shakespeare's works.