A set of question and answers on Shakespeare's life, Elizabethan England and the theatre. I've used this as an introduction exercise. I usually split the group into three and give them a section to research each and then feedback. You could however, ask them to tackle the whole thing in pairs or set as homework.
Student answers can vary depending on what they have used to find the answers, so the answer sheet provided is really just a guide. I've used this as an opportunity to discuss why we can't be sure about some areas of Shakespeare's life. The activity can also lead to some interesting discussions on class, power, freedom and the role of women.