Elizabethan Times WebquestDirections: Imagine you are an historian assigned with the task of discovering if the "Good Old Days" really are better. Your role is to carefully research the Elizabethan Times. Pay close attention to how people lived, what they did for work and recreation, what they ate, and how they took care of themselves. You will also focus on one of the great names from the time period, William Shakespeare. As you collect information answer the questions on your notes and study guide to help focus your research. The notes and study guide will also be your review sheet for the quiz at the end of the Webquest. All the questions are both on this on-line Webquest activity and in your packet. If you miss class you are expected to complete this work on your own. At the end of the Webquest you will write a one to three paragraph argument essay answering one of the following questions.

1. Would it be better to live in Elizabethan Times or Modern Times? Include at least one to two arguments in support of your answer and one counter-claim. Include evidence from your research to support your answer.
2. Do William Shakespeare's many contributions to the English language and literature make him the greatest English language writer? Include at least one to two arguments in support of your answer and one counter-claim. Include evidence from your research to support your answer.
Downloadable copies of the packets incase you lose yours. Answer Key for packet:
Let the Quest for Knowledge Begin
1. How does a girl become the most powerful ruler in the world?
Click on this link and answer the following questions.

  1. Who becomes King of England in 1509?
  2. What happens in 1533?
  3. What are the events beginning with the death of her father, King Henry VIII,in 1547 that lead to Elizabeth I becoming the Queen of England?
  4. Do the math. How old is Elizabeth I when she becomes the Queen of England?
  5. Why is Queen Mary I called "Bloody Mary?" (look at the year 1555)
  6. When is the first "Black Death or Bubonic Plague?" What does Elizabeth do to protect her court during the plague?
  7. Name two writers born in 1564?
  8. What happens in 1609 to end the Elizabethan Times?

2. Why is this time period called Elizabethan Times?
Click on this linkand answer the following questions.
9. List at least three major events that happened during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I?
Click on this link to answer the question.
10. What is the Renaissance?
11. Based on what you now know about Queen Elizabeth I and the Renaissance explain why this time period is known as Elizabethan Times.

3.Shakespeare Biography
Click on this link and answer the following questions.
12. When is Shakespeare born? _ When does he die?
How old is he when he dies?
13. What kind of education did Shakespeare have?
14. Who did Shakespeare marry and who were his children?
Give one interesting fact about Shakespeare's private life?
15. When does Shakespeare get to London and begin his work?
What evidence can you give that Shakespeare is successful?
16. Paraphrase Shakespeare's epitaph.

4. Shakespeare the writer
Click on this link and read the BBC article about William Shakespeare as a writer.
17. What title did William Shakespeare win according to the article?
Click on this link and answer the questions about phrases.
18. List three phrases Shakespeare made up.
19. According to Shakespeare what does "sweets to the sweets" mean? What does it mean now?
Click on this link to find out more about Shakespeare as a writer.
20. How many words did Shakespeare invent?
21. Describe the differences and similarities between Elizabethan English and Modern English.
Click on this link and continue
22. A famous line from Romeo and Juliet is when Juliet says, "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" What does "wherefore" mean?
23. What does "stay" mean?

5. About Marriage
Click on this link and answer the next questions.
Romeo & Juliet marry secretly because she is trying to escape the arranged marriage to Paris. Read this site about marriage in Elizabethan England and answer these questions.

24. What does betrothal mean?
25. Name three marriage and betrothal customs found on this page.
Click on the link for "more wedding customs.
26. What color should the bride's dress be?
27. How is the intention to marry announced? What happens if it is not announced previous to the event?
28. Describe the wedding procession.
29. What is a dowry?

6. About Food
Click on this link and continue
30. How many meals do people generally eat each day?
Click here.
31. Why would people in Shakespeare's day not know what a chocolate chip cookie is?
32. Lord Capulet throws a huge party, feast and all. Imagine you are in charge of that menu. Luckily for you, today you only have to plan a menu for a small dinner party. Be sure to use only food available in Europe during this time. Choose at least two vegetables, two meats, and two fruits or nuts.

7. About Theatre in Shakespeare's Time
"Actors, Acting, & Audience" is the link for the next questions. When you get to the page click on "Actors, Acting, and Audience."
33. How many women actors did the company usually feature?
34. Was Shakespeare an actor? What was the term used to refer to actors?
35. How were the seating arrangements for the audience? How did one get a good seat?
36. What would the audience do if they did not like a performance?

8.Elizabethan Times
Click this link to explore life in Elizabethan England. Click on any three of the following links and write down at least two facts for each link about life in Elizabethan England.
Choose from these: Clothing, Torture, Laws, Women, Children, Daily Life, Superstitions, Medicine.

9. Shakespearean Insults
  1. Go to the Shakespearean Insult Kit and create your own insult. How you do it is to start with the word "Thou." Next, take a phrase/word from the first column to begin your insult, continue by adding something from the second column, and finish it up royally with something from the third column. Type your own personal Shakespearean insult in the table below. [Thou + choice from column 1 + choice from column 2 + choice from column 3 = your custom made insult].

Click on this link to be insulted "professionally."

The JoustA joust is a contest between two knights on horse back. This popular form of entertainment in Elizabethan Times would bring huge crowds together to see and be seen. Click on the joust to see if you have what it takes to be a champion. By the way. did you know that jousting is the official state sport of Maryland?