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Can you name the animals mentioned in all of Shakespeare's plays?
Enter an animal in the box below
Correctly named animals will show up below
Answers do not have to be guessed in order
Too many to list, but partially here
If an animal has '(general)' next to it, then there are also more animals under that category. No mythological creatures (except as bonuses), and only animals from the *plays* are included here.
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Shakespeare's Animal House Quiz
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Apr 26th, 2011 at 06:02 GMT
I loved your food one, too! Keep these coming. For my part, human should be a legit answer. Perhaps just a minute more?
Apr 27th, 2011 at 09:46 GMT
Enjoyed all the bonuses, especially armadillo. Then I tried things like dinosaurs looking for more when I got stuck.
Apr 27th, 2011 at 14:25 GMT
Fun quiz, but you need to be more consistent in which animals get grouped together and which are separate entries. Ram/sheep/lamb and chicken/hen/rooster are separate, even though they're different members of the same species, whereas civet/hyena and tortoise/turtle are grouped together, and they are different animals.
Apr 28th, 2011 at 00:21 GMT
what was this bonus for, i didnt look at it when i typed it in? No, but that is very rarely guessed. Well done.
Apr 28th, 2011 at 01:01 GMT
Great quiz, wonderful bonuses! “Sparrowhawk” should not be grouped under “sparrow”, though; that’s like grouping “horsefly” under “horse” :-P
Apr 28th, 2011 at 01:13 GMT
@TheLastWaltz: fair enough, I've grouped ram/sheep/lamb and chicken/hen and de-grouped tortoise and hare from their counterparts. I'm keeping civet/hyena though; for one thing civet is actually only mentioned as the musk-like substance that comes from the animal, and also one of the sources said civet, hyen and musk-cat were used somewhat interchangeably in different regions in Shakespeare's time, even if they aren't today.
@montyman: I'll have to come up with something for dinosaur now.
Pit_trout: I'll swap that one around.
Apr 28th, 2011 at 01:53 GMT
I was kinda hoping for a Shakespeare version of lines from Animal House.
Apr 28th, 2011 at 08:24 GMT
Minx? ("Here comes my little minx", Toby Belch of Maria, 12th Night) Louse?
Apr 28th, 2011 at 09:49 GMT
@shakescene: according to the lexicon (here at http://books.google.com/books?id=MXUWAAAAYAAJ&dq=editions%3Aw2REqUiVeO0C&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false) and the Twelfth Night/Othello editions I have, the three mentions of minx all simply mean "pert or wanton woman" and are not animal-related. But louse should definitely be here-good call. I'll put it in. Feel free to let me know anything else I may have missed.
@ari2394: I don't blame you, that'd be an awesome quiz. (btw thanks for the pick, sarahbelle!)
Apr 28th, 2011 at 18:45 GMT
This is a great quiz—the task itself is fascinating, and the bonuses add some very welcome notes of humour and encouragement. (
– I believe the one you mentioned is for
Of all the animals I tried, the only one I was really surprised not to see was the ermine (or stoat). But I checked a concordance, and, indeed,
appears only inside words like
not at all. My hat is off to
for the research that must have gone into this quiz.
Apr 29th, 2011 at 21:49 GMT
"Desperation answer?" Ouch! Very fun and a good quiz, though.
May 3rd, 2011 at 14:16 GMT
Darn, I got the platypus bonus but I didn't read it until I was already finished.
May 3rd, 2011 at 15:02 GMT
Great quiz. And, as always, the bonus answers are fun. Imagine my surprise when, on a lark (shoot! why didn't I try "lark"?), I typed "cormorant" -- and something actually came up! Incidentally, you forgot "paraquito" (1 Henry IV, II. iii.).
May 6th, 2011 at 13:38 GMT
It helps to start with the recipe from Macbeth, "fillet of a fenny snake, in the cauldron boil and bake, eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog, adder's fork and blind worm's sting, lizard's leg and howlet's wing", although if you check with Alton Brown, you cannot both boil and bake at the same time.
May 6th, 2011 at 20:48 GMT
No Groucho Marx allusion for "swordfish"?
Jun 13th, 2011 at 02:02 GMT
Jblanch, I got that bonus for chinchilla. At some point I just tried guessing randomly for the fun of amazing bonus answers!
Jun 21st, 2011 at 11:50 GMT
Fantastic bonuses - it's the game that keeps on giving.
Game published: Jul 10th, 2011 at 16:03 GMT
Jul 10th, 2011 at 17:06 GMT
Yeah, I guess "sea cucumber" was a reach.
Jul 10th, 2011 at 17:34 GMT
Wow, amazing quiz. Crazy amount of research, and the bonus answers are brilliant.
Jul 10th, 2011 at 17:56 GMT
Jul 10th, 2011 at 18:44 GMT
Once I got a few bonus answers I pretty much gave up and the quiz and tried to get more of them, they're marvellous!
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Jul 10th, 2011 at 18:46 GMT
Should be called creatures or something rather than animals. An ant and a human are not animals.
Jul 10th, 2011 at 19:16 GMT
I kept scrolling down to see the hilarious bonus answers, which hurt my time. :)
Jul 10th, 2011 at 19:52 GMT
HAHA! Love the bonus answer for 'dodo'
Jul 10th, 2011 at 20:13 GMT
Hilarious quiz - more worth it for the bonuses than the actual results. My bonuses included: gopher, unicorn, sloth, seal, giraffe, zebra, beaver, aardvark, raccoon, lemur, cheetah, emu, lobster, walrus, panda, cobra, cougar, dinosaur, moose, and a half-dozen others that simply displayed as "* * * *" or displayed the same as gopher (which is somewhat messed up - "< sub >GOPHER
Jul 10th, 2011 at 20:15 GMT
This was so much fun! I got a bonus for polar bear but didn't see what it was, drat. Found one you missed: "barnacle" - Tempest line 1988.
Jul 10th, 2011 at 21:26 GMT
Very enjoyable - got past 50% and then concentrated on unlikely answers to see what entertaining bonuses came up. Disappointed to find none for velociraptor or balrog.
Jul 10th, 2011 at 23:37 GMT
Jul 10th, 2011 at 23:59 GMT
I typed in 'Asp, Viper and Adder' yet didn't type 'Snake'. Sssssshi-lly me
Jul 11th, 2011 at 02:25 GMT
I agree. I liked the bonuses. I thought I was on a roll until I scrolled down and realized that most of my answers were being made fun of. I got almost as many bonuses as real answers.
Jul 11th, 2011 at 03:58 GMT
I like the bonuses/smarty pants answers more than the quiz...
Jul 11th, 2011 at 04:36 GMT
Don't forget about "Cardinal" Wolsey in Henry VIII! Thank you, I'll be here all week!
Jul 11th, 2011 at 05:03 GMT
Did anyone else think "the beast with two backs" would be here?
Jul 11th, 2011 at 05:15 GMT
I only got a particular kind of fish because of Monty Python. It's good for cutting down trees...
Jul 11th, 2011 at 07:31 GMT
Fun! I LOVED all the bonuses. On a related note, apparently only 4.1% of Sporclers tried "platypus" like me :)
Jul 11th, 2011 at 09:02 GMT
Great quiz. The definition of feeling a bit thick is contriving to get the least guessed answer (wagtail) and coming within 5 seconds of not typing flipping shrew. Out of interest, why is puma considered a suitable synonym for polecat?
Jul 11th, 2011 at 13:46 GMT
"A trout, a trout, my kingdom for a trout"
Jul 11th, 2011 at 17:31 GMT
I tried catamount, and was frustrated to see how close i got. I also tried dodo, aardvark and lynx (among others). Great work on the bonus answers!
Jul 11th, 2011 at 18:04 GMT
Good quiz. I think you mean "goo goo g'joob", though...
Jul 11th, 2011 at 20:25 GMT
I typed hen and got chicken. I assumed cock would fall under that so I didn't type it... Apparently if it's male it's a different animal.
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