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QUIZ: Are You Fluent in Shakespeare?

To the modern reader, Shakespeare’s plays often look like just a bunch of unrelated words mashed together. This is because 1) language is a fluid, constantly evolving beast, and also 2) Shakespeare was an implacable devil host who KNEW his works would be studied by hapless tenth graders 400 years in the future, and so he endeavored to make them as confusing as possible.

Did it work? Did he fool you? Can you tell us what the following labyrinthine lines of language mean in normal, everyday English?

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