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Week of April 16, 2001


To Celebrate William Shakespeare's Birthday on April 23, this page is dedicated to Bard of Avon trivia.

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"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18. Read a book about William

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Picture of the Week

Bard of Avon takes a time out from the rest of the IMA Hero™ Collection to hang out with his namesake, William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare was nicknamed the Bard of Avon because "bard" means poet, and he was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. When you put these two facts together, you come up with the Bard of Avon. Read More about Bard of Avon…

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Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare

This book is featured in William Shakespeare's Books. Packed with facts and colorful drawings about William Shakespeare, his life, and his plays, as well as a general knowledge of theatres, actors, acting companies, and patrons. Where did the name "theater" come from? What did it mean when a flag flew over the theatre? What are groundlings? How did the Globe Theatre catch on fire? This book answers these questions and much more. It's a great place to begin to learn about the one of the world's greatest poets and playwrights.

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Trivia Question

This Week's Trivia Question:

Question: William Shakespeare's plays are often put into one of 3 categories. Name the 3 categories.

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: What is the Mason-Dixon line?
Answer: The Mason-Dixon line is the border of Pennsylvania with Maryland and West Virginia. At the time of the Missouri Compromise in 1820, the Mason-Dixon line divided the free states and the slave states. During the American Civil War, it was the popular name for the boundary between the North and the South.
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Did You Know…

Did you know William Shakespeare created over 2,000 words and phrases in the English language?

Yes, William Shakespeare influenced the English language more than any other writer in the world. In addition to his amazing plays and poems, he created over 2,000 new words and phrases in the English language. They include: bedroom, critic, tardiness, eyeball, freezing, silliness, laughing stock, day's work, bump, shipwrecked, priceless, partner, cheap, catlike, love-letter, tongue-tied, as luck would have it, send him packing, led a charmed life, laughed yourself into stitches, budge an inch, lie low, played fast and loose, the truth were known, vanish into thin air, and seen better days. Read More…

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Who's Your Hero?

"My hero is William Shakespeare. I think William Shakespeare was a good reader because he was able to write so well. I want to be like William Shakespeare. I practicing writing stories and poems, and I read a lot of books!"

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Your Question

Q: How do we know William Shakespeare was born on April 23 if there is no record of the actual date of his birth?

A: Yes, it is true that we do not know the exact date William Shakespeare was born. However, through educated guesses, it is believed he was born on April 23. Let's start with what we know. One, William Shakespeare was born in April 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Two, he was baptized on April 26. Three, In William's day, it was customary to baptize children three days after they were born. Therefore, we recognize William's birthday on April 23, 1564. Did you know April 23 is also St. George's day, and St. George is the patron saint of England? Read More…

Photo: William Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, England

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