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To Be Or Not To Be Quiz
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Sep 30th, 2009 at 18:32 GMT
cool idea for a quiz. i only know up to 'ay there's the rub' though :)
Sep 30th, 2009 at 18:50 GMT
Other editions have "despised" or "despis'd" love; "traveler" should also be an accepted spelling. Fabulous quiz.
Sep 30th, 2009 at 19:35 GMT
Thanks, I made those changes.
Oct 9th, 2009 at 17:00 GMT
Great! It should be 'tis, and not t'is, though.
Oct 10th, 2009 at 00:44 GMT
how about doing this like a lyrics quiz with fill in the blanks?
Oct 10th, 2009 at 17:19 GMT
My copy has "pith," rather than "pitch." Good quiz, though.
Oct 11th, 2009 at 05:22 GMT
Great! And I loved the column headings. :-)
Oct 13th, 2009 at 19:10 GMT
You have my applause, good sir. :)
Oct 14th, 2009 at 00:35 GMT
Great quiz. How about the St. Crispins' Day Speech next?
Game published: Oct 20th, 2009 at 18:54 GMT
Oct 20th, 2009 at 19:03 GMT
Thank you Billy Madison, who made knowing part of this speech relevant
Oct 20th, 2009 at 19:08 GMT
how have only 74% guessed "not"? maybe its cause it stops you half way through and puts no, but still...piss poor.
Oct 20th, 2009 at 19:09 GMT
I didn't consider the last lines, the ones that mention Ophelia, to be part of it.
Oct 20th, 2009 at 19:15 GMT
Excellent quiz. More Shakespeare please!! Though i kept repeating words and typing words on top of each other. Speeches from Macbeth like 'is this a dagger' or 'tomorrow and tomorrow'.
Oct 20th, 2009 at 19:21 GMT
I would have liked this to be a fill in the blank format, or at least the words in some kind of order. That's nitpicky though, fun quiz.
Oct 20th, 2009 at 19:29 GMT
good quiz, but missing a few words, including "fardles," among a few others...
Oct 20th, 2009 at 19:34 GMT
How could you not love a quiz where the word 'fardels' is more often guessed than the word 'now'?
Oct 20th, 2009 at 20:05 GMT
great quiz. i'm surprised so few people got the line "consience makes cowards of us all."
Oct 20th, 2009 at 20:06 GMT
Cute. I got pretty far before my memory clouded. I would have scored a few more if I had noticed that the word I was typing wasn't the word that was accepted, but a prefix of it. That makes it kind of a weak quiz.
Oct 20th, 2009 at 20:20 GMT
I would have preferred this quiz done like the song lyric quizzes, i.e. fill in the blanks but with all of the little words there to help my memory.
Oct 20th, 2009 at 20:26 GMT
...and missing the word 'may' from 'what dreams may come.' I think that's the second most famous line. After fardels, I mean.
Oct 20th, 2009 at 20:30 GMT
It's also missing "off" as in "shuffled off this mortal coil." I'd like to apologize to my 9th grade English teacher for having to cheat to remember the middle section of this soliloquy.
Oct 20th, 2009 at 20:37 GMT
Thank you, Jean Hayden, my high school English teacher, who made it a requirement to memorize this passage of the play. Wish I could have done better on it...
Oct 20th, 2009 at 20:44 GMT
fun quiz, although an odd way of doing it. probably be simpler if the words where in the order they appeared in the soliloquy, instead of alphabetically.
Oct 20th, 2009 at 21:01 GMT
I gasped to see how high I scored after all these years since my English classes...embarrassed not to have recited the soliloquy since.It still has so many layers of meaning. And, to agree with the others who requested it, more Shakespeare!
Oct 20th, 2009 at 21:14 GMT
I had to memorize this two years ago, so I could only remember the first 10 or so lines and then random phrases such as "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all" and "the native hue of resolution". I think this quiz would have been good as a fill-in-the-blank quiz.
Oct 20th, 2009 at 21:42 GMT
Why, oh why did I choose to memorize that Macbeth passage instead of this one?
Oct 20th, 2009 at 21:46 GMT
I have to say, this quiz would be better if done fill-in-the-blank style. Even if you memorized it, the fact that you can't just type it out as is due to many words being used over and over makes this more a painstaking exercise of going through each word in your head one-by-one while considering which ones you already used. Of course, if that's the goal of the quiz, then that's fine.
Oct 20th, 2009 at 21:57 GMT
I like it better this way than fill-in-the-blank. Those are often too easy, leaving off many words that might trip some people up. I also like that there are so many duplicate words - you have to try to save time by remembering what you've already entered and skipping those words. I do agree that entering the words in the order they appear would've been better though. And I also agree that the last part, when Ophelia enters, isn't really part of the soliloquy. It should end with "action". Very fun quiz though. =)
Oct 20th, 2009 at 22:44 GMT
Yeah I'm gonna have to agree with the fill-in-the-blank thing. I mean I get that it's a user-contributed game that's been published and users can't make that style, but if this was gonna be published it would have been nice to change it to the other style. That being said, I really like this idea. Perhaps some quizzes from other soliloquies as well? Henry V?
Oct 20th, 2009 at 22:49 GMT
Had this memorized for english class at one point... apparently not anymore.
Oct 20th, 2009 at 22:51 GMT
why is wrong misplaced alphabetically? why is wrong wrong?
Oct 20th, 2009 at 22:59 GMT
I'm surprised such few people didn't guess Ophelia... I mean, I guess it's a proper name and thus some may not consider it a word, but every other soliloquy Hamlet has mentions her at least twice! Talk about being obsessed with someone!!
Oct 20th, 2009 at 23:06 GMT
Cool concept, my next request Macbeth's Act 5; scene 5 'Tomorrow...' silioquy.
Oct 20th, 2009 at 23:26 GMT
I kept wanting to say The world will little note nor long remember...
Oct 21st, 2009 at 00:53 GMT
Good quiz idea, but I would have preferred to write out the speech as it is, not try to put them in alphabetical order.
Oct 21st, 2009 at 01:08 GMT
Hey we get quizzes on "To Be or Not To Be" and "Two B's" on the same day!
Oct 21st, 2009 at 01:25 GMT
If only I hadn't been forced to spend two years studying Macbeth and Julius Caeser instead. Mind, I can't remember anything from them either, so....
Oct 21st, 2009 at 02:16 GMT
Oh, that this too too solid flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself to type all the answers in time...
Oct 21st, 2009 at 02:23 GMT
The first thing I noticed was the column headers: "Words, words, words."
Oct 21st, 2009 at 02:34 GMT
HA!! Having to memorize this for a college theater course has finally paid off! Thank you Sporcle. Even so, I only got 134...I found myself retyping some words wasting time....and blanking on some of the old English words and their spelling!
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