Two truths, one lie: English 362 edition


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Did you know English 362: Shakespeare 1 is being offered in fall 2017? Dr. Ken Graham will take you through comedy and tragedy alike. One semester! Six plays! Three of which you no doubt already know in some form, because they are so ubiquitous in our culture. In recognition of that pervasiveness, I created a version of “two truths, one lie” with Dr. Graham’s reading list. I’ve taken all six plays which will be studied this fall and cited two truths and one lie about each. Can you spot the lie?

Much Ado About Nothing
1) The song “Sigh No More” by Mumford & Sons quotes Much Ado About Nothing
2) The original Muppet Show had a recurring plot featuring Miss Piggy as Beatrice
3) The lead vocalist of Green Day composed the music for a rock adaptation titled These Paper Bullets

Twelfth Night
1) A 1937 version featured Orson Welles as Orsino and Tallulah Bankhead as Viola
2) A teen-movie adaptation featured Tanning Chatum as Orsino
3) English Heritage staged Twelfth Night as a choose your own adventure event

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
1) A Urania moon is named after the character Puck
2) Terry Pratchett parodies the play in his 1992 novel Lords and Ladies
3) The play was banned in certain U.S. counties during prohibition

Richard II
1) Unlike most other plays by Shakespeare, it has never been adapted for cinema
2) The fourth quarto contains a later excised reference to indelicate behavior in stables
3) Kevin Spacey has played the lead

Henry IV Part One
1) Orson Welles adapted Henry IV Part One, incorporating dialogue from The Merry Wives of Windsor
2) Tom Hiddleston invented a drinking game based on recurring tropes
3) This is the first of threee Shakespeare plays in which Falstaff appears

Henry V
1) Coach Dinklage inadvertently quotes Henry V in the Amanda Bynes vehicle She’s the Man
2) A 1796 book of fan fiction claimed to be authentic letters penned by those mentioned in the play, passed down by a descendant
3) A post-modern interpretive dance version received a National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces in Dance Award

Midsummer pitcher: Canadian retailer thekingsmistress

(and now for the lies: 2, 3, 3, 2, 2, 1)

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