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Portia (Merchant of Venice): Quiz


Question 1: Frances Abington, ________ and Elizabeth Whitlock all played the role in the 18th century when actresses first started appearing on stage.
David GarrickJohn Philip KembleWilliam ShakespeareSarah Siddons

Question 2: The character Dorothea Callum in ________'s children's detective novel The Big Six is briefly referred to as a "young Portia".
Eric NewbyJohn D. MacDonaldArthur RansomeJoseph Conrad

Question 3: A version of the character has even appeared in the Mirror Universe of ________.
Star TrekStar Trek: The Next GenerationStar Trek: Deep Space NineStar Trek: The Original Series

Question 4: The ________ was originally known as the Portia Law School when it was established in 1908 as a women only law school, and was known by that name until 1969.
Boston CollegeBoston College Law SchoolEastern Nazarene CollegeNew England School of Law

Question 5: More recently, the role has been played in the cinema and on television by a number of notable actresses such as Maggie Smith, ________, Sybil Thorndike and Joan Plowright, regardless of her ruthlessness.
Laurence HarveyClaire BloomRichard BurtonLaurence Olivier

Question 6: In the court scenes, Portia finds a technicality in the bond, thereby outwitting ________ and saving Antonio's life when everyone else fails.
AntisemitismShylockJohn GielgudLaurence Olivier

Question 7: In 1986, a moon of ________ was named after Portia (see Uranus' natural satellites).

Question 8: Portia is the name ________ used to address his wife Abigail in his letters, presumably after Shakespeare's character.
Martin Van BurenBenjamin FranklinJohn AdamsThomas Jefferson

Question 9: In his Rumpole novels (filmed for the ITV series), author ________ has Rumpole call Phillida Erskine-Brown (née Trant) the 'Portia of our Chambers'.
Judi DenchMaggie SmithLaurence OlivierJohn Mortimer

Question 10: Portia is the heroine of William Shakespeare's ________.
The Taming of the ShrewHamletKing LearThe Merchant of Venice


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