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Which Shakespearean Hero are You?

Which Shakespearean Hero are You?

By Becky Ferreira

Forsooth, merry Mastermind men, we would never deign to give a quiz to the ladies while excluding our gallant gentlemen. Have you ever wondered whether you resemble Prince of Denmark, the King of Britain, or one of Shakespeare's supernatural heroes? To find out, take the quiz below!

1. You would describe yourself as:

a) A man with the right priorities. (1 point)

b) Basically a god. (2 points)

c) The brooding type. (3 points)

d) A master of mischief. (4 points)

e) Probably overdue for a reality check. (5 points)

2. Which of the following concepts do you think is the most overrated?

a) Reality. (4 points)

b) Tradition. (2 points)

c) Honor. (1 point)

d) Sanity. (5 points)

e) Happiness. (3 points)

3. Your goal in life is to:

a) Be true to yourself. (1 point)

b) Have crazy amounts of fun. (4 points)

c) Be worshipped. (5 points)

d) Question everything. (3 points)

e) Be creative. (2 points)

4. What do others think of you?

a) It depends on whether or not your latest prank was at their expense. (4 points)

b) They sense there's more to you than they can figure out. (3 points)

c) They love you! And who can blame them? (1 point)

d) They are intimidated by your awesomeness. (2 points)

e) Who cares? (5 points)

5. What's your favorite of the below quotations?

a) "Play out the play." (1 point)

b) "Come not between the dragon and his wrath." (5 points)

c) "I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams." (3 points)

d) "We are such stuff as dreams are made on." (2 points)

e) "Lord, what fools these mortals be." (4 points)

Add up your points and divide by 5. Round your number up or down. If you got the number:

1: You are Falstaff of The Merry Wives of Windsor, and the Henry IV plays. You're so popular that even Shakespeare couldn't get enough of you (he wrote this character into three of his plays). It's easy to see why: your entertaining and cavalier approach to life is contagious. But your playfulness hides a deeply insightful observer, committed to his friends. Keep on living the good life.
2. You are Prospero of The Tempest. Congratulations: you are a sorcerer of exceptional creativity. Well-read, self-assured, and rebellious, your talents and passions are recognized (and even a little feared) by others. Sometimes your temper gets the better of you, but you always come around enough to ask for forgiveness when it does. Keep inventing worlds, and we'll keep marveling.
3. You are Hamlet of Hamlet. You are a gifted thinker. You not only understand tough concepts, you elaborate on them in fascinating ways. You are committed to upholding justice, even when it's not on your side. Most people regard you as moody and enigmatic, but you have a few close friends who understand you. Stay nerdy, friend.
4. You are Puck of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Life is good when you're a supernatural prankster. The world is so hilarious to you that you can't help but take advantage of it. You have a knack for tricking people into exposing their own prejudices. this occasionally gets you into trouble, but it's always done in good fun. You will spend your life laughing, making others laugh, and occasionally doing damage control. PS. You're also immortal. High five!
5: You are King Lear of King Lear: You are, deep down, a kind person. However, you've been in power so long, it's kind of gone to your head. The bad news is you might be in need of a spirit walk or two. The good news is you are so good at heart, that even politics can't corrupt you! You may take longer to face your demons than some, but when you do, you take everything on and walk away stronger, kinder, and smarter than ever.

Which Shakespearean hero are you?

Tags: shakespeare, quizzes, hamlet, the tempest, life, a midsummer night's dream

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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