A confession: I completed my college education without being required to read a single work by Shakespeare.
Is this because I (a.) majored in electrical engineering, (b.) attended an online university based in the Virgin Islands or (c.) played nose tackle for Ohio State?
None of the above. I was an English major who attended a well-respected liberal arts college. While I did read "White Palace" and "The Object of My Affection" as part of my required reading lists, old Billy didn't come up.
Which is not to say I ignored the Bard. Sometime during my senior year, I recognized this enormous gap in my education and, on my own time, gobbled up Shakespeare.
The point? Today's his birthday, and a study out from The American Council of Trustees and Alumni tells us that "fewer and fewer of America’s top colleges require English majors to take a course on William Shakespeare."
I don't want to get all Michael Savage on you, but it's worth noting the study.
If you want to prove you know your Hamlet, here's a quiz from the Royal Shakespeare Company. For those who need to brush up, this new site has been launched to serve as the ultimate Shakespeare resource.