Shakespeare’s plays are filled with fools like the ones pictured above, from Touchstone in As You Like It, to Feste in Twelfth Night—as well as characters in strong comedic roles, such as the Gravedigger, in Hamlet, or Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing.
Can you match the name of the fool to the line that he said? Test your knowledge with this quiz! And afterwards, listen to “Shakespeare LOL,” a Shakespeare Unlimited podcast episode about comedy in Shakespeare plays, available on SoundCloud or iTunes.
All quotes are taken from Folger Digital Texts, your free online source for the text of the Folger Editions.