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Last Night’s Trivia

In Life, Trivia on May 20, 2010 at 10:31 am

By semi-popular demand, here are the trivia rounds that I hosted last night at our local pub quiz.



1. Where was Shakespeare born?

2. Shakespeare’s wife shares a name with what oscar nominated actress?

3. Now most people know that Shakespeare’s company, The Chamberlain’s Men, performed at the Globe, but that was only after performing at a different theater, which was the second permanent theater built in England. What was its name?

4. In 1599, The Chamberlain’s Men built a new venue, The Globe, on the other side of the Thames. What did they do with their old venue (the venue from Question 3)?

5. When the First Folio was published in 1623, it was the first time that half of his plays had ever been published. How many total plays are in the volume?

6. In the play “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”, which of his tragedies is presented as a cooking show?

7. What is the technical term for the style and format of Shakespeare’s writing?

8. What frequently debunked theory about Shakespeare did Sigmund Freud, Charlie Chaplin, Mark Twain, and Orson Welles all subscribe to?

9. Before winning an oscar for “Shakespeare in Love”, Tom Stoppard was best know for writing what 1966 play?

10. Which of Shakespeare’s plays is often thought to be the genesis of the Knock Knock Joke?


1. Who was Hugh Grant in a relationship with when he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute in 1995?

2. What 1965 television program was a loose adaptation of The Swiss Family Robinson?

3. Who lived in St. Petersburg, Missouri, with his Aunt Polly, half-brother Sid, and cousin Mary?

4. What are Tootles, Curly and Nibs all members of?

5. What 17th Century English Philosopher is widely known as the father of Liberalism?

6. What 2003 film featured the memorable line “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time”?

7. What Texas city houses the world’s largest urban colony of bats?

8. What phrase is commonly used to refer to the disproportionately large number of upper-class Englishmen who died in World War I?

hint – It is also used to refer to American writers in Paris after the war.

9. What is an Archipelago?

10. What is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?


*** The first nine questions are related in some way. The answer to the 10th question is how they are related.

1. Public Law 111-126, aka HR 4462, which was signed into law on January 22, 2010, allowed people to save money on their 2009 taxes by doing what?

2. What is the common name for the snycretic religion created in the 16th Century when West African Arawakian beliefs were combined with Roman Catholicism?

3. What Irish band has had 8 top 20 singles, including “Salvation”, “Linger”, and “Free to Decide”?

4. What music video was selected in 2009 to become the first ever music video to be added to the National Film Archives?

hint – It was also dubbed “the most famous music video of all time” by the Library of Congress

5. Who played Scotty in the 2009 film version of “Star Trek”?

6. If you were in Virginia, at the intersection of State Highway 110 and Memorial Drive, where would you be preparing to visit?

7. In the 1986 film “Stand by Me”, what were Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern on an adventure to find?

8. A Riddle: I have millions of eyes, yet I live in darkness. I have millions of ears, yet only four lobes. I have no muscles, yet I rule two hemispheres. What am I?

9. Originally titled The Dead Un-Dead and simply The Un-Dead, what 1897 book has inspired an estimated 217 films featuring the title character in a major role?

10. What is the Common Bond?

  1. Wow. I thought I had a lot of useless knowledge in my head, but I don’t think I fared too well here. Thank God I knew 42, or I’d hate myself, but many of them, I do not know. You’re more difficult than Jeopardy!

    I’ve most disappointed that I don’t know Shakespeare too well, it’s time to hit up Wikipedia and educate myself!

  2. re: III.8 – i hope you gave extra points if they followed the answer with, “lucky guess, but it won’t save you batman!”

  3. HA! i’m betting nobody in the bar knew that was from Batman! Kudos to you, Jerrika!

    Shane, good luck finding the answers.

    Did either of you figure out the Common Bond? I was rather proud of that, and the Lost round.

    If anyone can get Round 1, #3 – you win a cookie. NO ONE knew it at the bar.

  4. man, i would be online all day trying sort through the heap of questions i don’t know! the riddler quote is where i peak. i’m never good a bar trivia — but oh how i love to watch others do it.

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