Tales from the Owl: a Shakespeare quiz


Some time ago we promised another competition for which the prize would be a family pass to the Nietzsche Fun Park in beautiful Basingstoke. The Owl has now provided us with the material for a quiz based on his close reading of Wowliam Shakespeare, and has added a bonus prize of a copy of his own book, Hoots Mon: Conversations with Owls.

1. Complete this line from King Lear:   …….,……, ……, o you are men of stones Owl, owl, owl (Chicken Lady)

2. Which play is set in fair Verona? Romeo and Jowliet (Chicken Lady and Cath)

3. Who is the naughty prince who finally redeems himself? Prince Howl (Chicken Lady and Cath)

4. Who is the savage and deformed slave? Cowliban (Chicken Lady)

5.In which play does Parowles appear? Owl’s Well That Ends Well (Chicken Lady)

6. Who does Hamlet call a fishmonger? Powlonius (Chicken Lady)

7. Complete this line from Macbeth:  Out out, ……………….  brief candowl (Chicken Lady)

8. Which rarely-performed work is set in Troy? Trowlus and Cressida (Chicken Lady)

9. In which sonnet is an owl compared to winter?

Get in quickly for your chance to win! Answers at some stage.

18 thoughts on “Tales from the Owl: a Shakespeare quiz

  1. I’d have to cheat for most of those – but number 7. -out, out damned spot. I say it all the time trying to get the spots off the table cloth.

      1. So I’m really skunked tonight. I’m too tired to care – we had part of our gang here for dinner tonight and I’m all tuckered out.

            1. Afriad I would have to look many of them up on the Internet –is that expected? The savage and deformed slave is Caliban. For the others, I would have to consult someone — our dramaturg/ Shakespearean actress daughter, or some website. Is Twelfth Night in Verona? But seems like any of the comedies could fit. And for Troy, I want to say Troilus and Cressida, but am not at all certain. I am particularly rusty on owls of any description, but especially those that hang out in the sonnets. I hopee that you are having a good time with this one.

              On another note — the BBC has pronounced Melbourne to be the world’s most livable city, and they didn’t even take into account its proximity to Nar Nar Goon. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20151005-is-this-the-worlds-most-liveable-city

              1. Okay, we’ll fill in the answers as they come and the winner will have to be the person who gets the last one, which will probably be no 9. As you see we’ve credited you above. Some homework is required and you may of course consult your daughter.

                Nar Nar Goon is a well-kept secret!

                1. “Howl, howl, howl, howl! Oh, you are men of stones.”

                  Romeowl and Juliet.

                  Prince Hal (Howl?) in Henry IV.

                  Paroles (Parowles) in “All’s Well that Ends Well.”

                  Lord Polowlnius. Act 2, Scene 2.

                  Out, out, brief candowl . . .

                  Spring and Winter, from Love’s Labour’s Lost
                  . . .
                  When blood is nipp’d, and ways be foul,
                  Then nightly sings the staring owl,
                  To-whit! To-who!—a merry note,
                  While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

                  Such a nice diversion from homework! (trying to write a lit crit paper on MFK Fisher’s essay, “How to Rise Up Like New Bread”)

                2. And in a most amazing coincidence, this just showed up on my news feed. They’re everywhere.

                  The very cute owl photo doesn’t seem to be copying into here.

                  Norman, Oklahoma: Police Officer Rescues Injured Owl From Highway
                  Sgt. Darin Morgan rescued the owl from the side of Interstate 35 Thursday, the Norman Police Department said online. It was taken to WildCare Oklahoma for treatment.

                1. Thank you, Leslie. I did use the Internet for most of them. It was a fun diversion from my homework, and as a bonus, I had a nice little debate with my daughter over the 16-line sonnet form (it was not in use in Shakespeare’s day, as far as I could tell in a fairly quick search, but did appear in 19th-century England).

  2. Romeo and Juliet is Set in Verona, isn’t it? Isnt there a play called ‘Two Gentleman of Verona’ or am I hallucinating that one? The naughty prince is in Hal from Henry Iv and Henry V. I thought lady Mac said ‘pout out damn spot,’ as well.

  3. Anthea did her list slightly differently — here it is:

    2. Romeo and Jowliet

    3. Prince Howl

    5. Owl’s Well That Ends Well (I had to look that one up, sorry to say)

    6. Powlonius

    7. Out out, brief candowl! Life’s but a walking shadowl, a poor player that hoots and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.

    No idea on 1 and 9, though 1 would be easy to Google.

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