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Vaughans Vocabulary Studying Shakespeares First Folio...

January 20, 2011

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. has the largest collection of “Shakespeariana” including 79 copies of the First Folio.
According to the Folger Shakespeare Library website, a First Folio of Shakespeare, along with a touchscreen display, is on permanent display at the east end of the exhibition hall.
The website points out that the First Folio, printed in the large folio size, is the first collection edition of Shakespeare plays, put together in 1616 by actors John Heminge (1556-1630) and Henry Condell (1568-1627) and published in 1623.
The First Folio is the only source for 18 of the plays which would otherwise have been lost.
The Folger Library has material on the Tudor and Stuart periods, too. The American philanthropist Henry Clay Folger (1857-1930) and his wife Emily Jordan Folger (1858-1936) assembled the collection. The library opened in 1932.

1. The Tudor period was
A. 1485-1603.
B. 1603-1714.
C. 1714-1808.
D. 1808-1900.

The years next to B are the Stuart period. A is the answer.

2. Of what descent was the first Tudor king and what was his name?
A. Welsh – Henry Tudor (Henry VII).
B. Welsh – Richard Plantagenet (Richard III).
C. Welsh – Henry Tudor (Henry VIII).
D. British – Henry Folger (Henry IX).

3. Which play relates to the Tudor period?
A. King Lear
B. Romeo and Juliet
C. The Tragedy of King Richard III
D. Troilus and Cressida

4. folio (FOE-lee-oh)
A. a book or manuscript of the largest common size (approximately 15 inches tall) consisting of sheets folded once in the middle, making two leaves or four pages
B. a large sheet of paper folded once in the middle, making two leaves or four pages of a book or manuscript
C. an edited manuscript highlighting material that was censored
D. None of the above

No. 2 is A. No. 3 is C. As for folio, both A and B are correct. The term “First Folio” is referring to the first collection edition of William’s plays. I would think that the Folgers (it feels funny not to put an apostrophe in Folgers) may have been trying to get as many copies as they could of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays in an effort to secure their safety.
Last week’s mystery word was placid.
This week’s mystery word to solve can be found in Act I, scene 1 of The Tragedy of Richard III. You can use this adjective in talking or writing about something playful or frolicsome, as “_____ tricks.”

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