Who Was Shakespeare?

Since as early as the late 1600s, scholars have argued the validity of Shakespeare's existence. Some of their arguments are rather flimsy, but others seem to have some basis in truth. Try the quiz below to find out more about who Shakespeare might have been.

Points available: 10


Some scholars believe that Shakespeare was actually this man, working under a pseudonym as a spy in Italy:


This noble's crest depicts a lion on its hind legs, shaking a spear:


Act V, Scene I of this Shakespeare play includes many anagrams and puns pointing to Francis Bacon as the author:


A new theory states that the actor Shakespeare allowed his name to be used as a pen name for:


In Chapter 46 of this book of the Bible, the 46th word from the beginning is "shake" and the 46th word from the end is "spear," leading to yet another theory about Shakespeare's name:


Roger Manners, the 5th Earl of Rutland and another "suspect," is said to have had two classmates in Padua named:


This "suspect" worked as a producer of entertainment at the same time and place that Shakespeare's first comedy was produced:


A physicist in the early 20th century "proved" scientifically that Christopher Marlowe was Shakespeare by:


The most popular suspected Shakespeares have this in common:


One telling piece of evidence that Shakespeare might not have been a real person is that the manager of the Rose Theatre failed to:

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