Is It Shakespeare (King Lear) or the Bible (Book of Psalms)? Test Your Wits.

It’s the day after Shakespeare’s 450th  birthday, or is it?  Fact is his day of birth is pure  conjecture. Based on baptismal records, as I seem to recall.  So consider taking  the following quiz  a way to commemorate the Bard’s Aprilish birthday.

I must admit that the following quiz is a knock-off.   Kudos to ChicagoNow  blogger, Kim Z. Dale (Listing Beyond 40)  and her excellent  post yesterday [“Quiz: Shakespeare or the Bible? Can You Identify These 15 Quotes”]  for inspiring  my own quiz.   I take  her  idea one step further by narrowing the sources to one of Shakepeare’s plays and one book of the Bible. Good luck.

Decide which of the following quotes came from Shakespeare’s King Lear or from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament.  Answers follow some diverting images. P for Psalms. S for Shakespeare.

1, “As flies to wanton boys , are we to th’ gods.”

2. “Come not between the dragon and his wrath.”

3. “Put thou my tears into thy bottle: Are they not in thy book?”

4. “In the grave who shall give you thanks?”

5. “Keep thy foot out of brothels, thy hand out of plackets, thy pen from lenders’ books and defy the foul fiend.”

6. “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.”

7. “Sir, I am too old to learn.”

8. “I am a man more sinned against than sinning.”

9.”He made a pit and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.”

10. “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth ti is to have a thankless child.”

11. “He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den.”

12. “Blow winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow!”

13.”The heavens declare the glory of God.”

14.”There went a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth.”

15. “Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.”

1.L 2. L 3. P 4. P 5. L 6. P 7. L 8. L 9. P 10. L 11. P 12 L 13. P 14. P 15 L

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  • I thank my God each time I remember you. Well, that's Paul's letter to the Philippians, but it fits.

  • Somehow S became L.

    The brothel one probably gave itself away, because I don't think they had pens in the time of David. Also, the Bible indicates that they were not adverse to whores then. (I always wondered why two women with sexual problems were both named Tamar-- Genesis 38 and II Samuel 13).

    But getting back to L, after making a remark noted on Cubs Insider Craig Ferguson noted that it was both Shakespeare's and George Lopez's birthday, with usual "which one was... and the other was .... Shakespeare."

  • In reply to jack:

    L, Jack, for Lear. No brothels in Bethlehem? Maybe farther south in the Red Sea district?

    Your comment about the T's with sexual problems reminded me of a Debbie Reynolds' tune:

    "I hear the olive tree whisperin' above.
    Tamar, Tamar, Tamar's in love."

    You know the rest.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I don't know if there were brothels, but with the first Tamar, the expression in the version of the Bible I have is "harlot ... by the wayside." I guess they had street hookers then.

    The second story was first introduced to me in a column by Dr. George Crane (apparently Congressman Phil Crane's brother), the point of it apparently being that rape wasn't such a good experience, even for the rapist.

    There is another one in Genesis 34 where someone lay with Dinah, and then asked to marry her, and then her brothers said "o.k., if you all get circumcised," and then, when their wieners still were in great pain, slew them all.

    For some strange reason, none of these stories came up in Sunday school.

  • Shakespeare shows up in a strange place today.

    Did it work for you?

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes it did, Jack. It was right in my wheelhouse. Apropos for this post. Shakespeare allusion and the title "Pearls Before Swine" is from the Bible (Matthew 7:6)

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