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Apr 08, 2007

Puck Soup

The abridged Macbeth:
"I'll get you my pretty and
Your little Doc too."

The Shakespeare Code

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General Certificate of Secondary Education
ENGLISH LITERATURE
Paper 1 (multiple choice)
Time allowed: 2 hours

Section A - The 'lost play' of William Shakespeare

1. William Shakespeare's 'lost play' is referred to by scholars as:

a) Love's Labour's Won
b) The Comedy Of Terrors
c) Witchard III
d) all of the above

2. The dramatic device employed by the witch, her soliloquy speaking directly to us at the start, is called 'breaking...'

a) the fourth wall
b) wind
c) the audience
d) all of the above

3. The most likely inspiration for the three 'wyrd sisters', later written into Macbeth, is believed to be:

a) Hansel and Gretel
b) The Wizard Of Oz
c) Chorlton And The Wheelies
d) all of the above

4. The line "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" is spoken in reference to:

a) Duck Soup
b) Harry Potter
c) Back To The Future
d) all of the above

5. Shakespeare is known to have based his plays on caricatures of real people and events as well as his own experiences. For the lost play, these sources include:

a) City Of Death
b) The Daemons
c) The Christmas Invasion
d) all of the above

6. The significance of the number fourteen in Shakespeare's own worlds of folklore is:

a) the number of episodes scribed in one season, including ye Yuletide Special
b) Planet 14, the outermost body in the solar system
c) never quite adequately explained
d) all of the above

7. The most powerful word(s) in the human tongue, according to the character Martha Jones, is/are:

a) Excelsior
b) Expelliarmus
c) Exceedingly Good Cakes
d) all of the above

8. Choose the line which best describes the critical appraisal of this particular piece of work:

a) "Oh how I love thee! How I dote on thee!"
b) "A hit, a very palpable hit!"
c) "What a piece of work! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties! In form and moving, how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a god! The beauty of the world!"
d) all of the above

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Next week: Cat man see, Katmandu.

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Comments

Supplementary Question:

Dave Sanders enjoyed this episode

a) Yes
b) No
c) Maybe
d) All of the above

I thought question 8 made it obvious.

Pah, I try too hard, I really do. :)

An alternative answer to question 2 (if it was phrased without "breaking...") would be I suggest:

e) "Doing a Morgus".

Caves of Androzani has a similar soliloquy!

OK Neil, I've changed the wording a bit for question 8, which should make it more clear that I loved it.

8 D's, do I get a prize?

A sore back?

Thanks Dave - it now makes perfect sense ;-)

And if you see the witch called Lillith there is no cause for alarm

(HA! HA! HA! HA!)

'Cos we've the Doctor, he's a Timelord and he'll keep you safe from harm

(AW! AW! AW! AWRRRRRR!)

Eyyyyyyyyup little lady.

Jump in, he'll take you for a spin and show you round Willy's world.

"8 D's, do I get a prize?

Posted by: James Coleman | Apr 08, 2007 at 23:14"

James LOVES the D.

Say what?

It was a sexual innuendo, as in "Supermodel On My D" and "Jay And Silent Bob Become More Tiresome."

I was talking cup size.

8 chest and a D cup, you'd be an extremely little person with a huge set. Topple over, you would.

I got that one, J, it was DS's that I didn't get (and in fact, still don't get).

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