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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Rorik believe about love?
(a) That love must be earned by good deeds.
(b) That love is not necessary in a marriage.
(c) That love is a silly idea for weak men.
(d) That love comes naturally between a man and a woman.

2. How old is Gerutha when the story begins?
(a) Thirty.
(b) Ten.
(c) Twenty.
(d) Sixteen.

3. Who is Horwendil's squire?
(a) Sandro.
(b) Thord.
(c) Svend.
(d) Corambus' son.

4. What doesn't Gerutha enjoy about her visit to Feng's estate?
(a) She doesn't like the conversations with Feng.
(b) She doesn't like the idea of falconry.
(c) She doesn't like the food.
(d) She doesn't like riding with Feng.

5. What character seems to agree with Amleth the most?
(a) Yorik, the court jester.
(b) Horwendil, his father.
(c) Ona, his grandmother.
(d) Rorik, his grandfather.

6. Where do the names in Part 2 of the story come from?
(a) From Shakespeare.
(b) From an adaptation that was printed in 1576.
(c) From John Updike's presumptions about the origin of names.
(d) From a different publisher's edition in 1890.

7. Why is the importance of displaying the bloody bed sheet?
(a) It proves that any son born by Gerutha is from Horwendil.
(b) It proves that Gerutha was not a virgin.
(c) It means that Horwendil is having an affair.
(d) It means that Gerutha is sick.

8. What is Gerutha's explanation for spending so much time with Feng?
(a) That she is Feng's only company, since Horwendil is often busy.
(b) That she helps Feng to study German.
(c) That she feels badly for him since he often sulks in loneliness.
(d) That she simply is concerned for his health.

9. How does Rorik attempt to change Gerutha's opinion of Horwendil?
(a) He reminds her that she can not have an opinion because she is a woman.
(b) He tells her the story of Ona and himself.
(c) He tells her a fairytale.
(d) He explains to her that it is her duty to marry Horwendil.

10. What characteristic about Horwendil is enticing to Gerutha?
(a) He is romantic and desires her attention.
(b) He writes poetry and is very intelligent.
(c) He constantly dismisses her attempts to rouse him.
(d) He is athletic and strong.

11. Who is Gerutha┬┤s handmaiden?
(a) Herda.
(b) Ophelia.
(c) Corambus' sister.
(d) Ona.

12. Where does the original ancient Hamlet legend come from?
(a) Shakespeare.
(b) Ancient greek mythology.
(c) Historia Danica of Saxo Grammaticus.
(d) John Updike.

13. Who is Gerwendil?
(a) Gerutha's brother.
(b) Rorik's father.
(c) Horwendil's father.
(d) Svend's brother.

14. What does Gerutha fear about being attracted to a man?
(a) That she will eventually become a very rich woman.
(b) That she will eventually become a submissive old woman.
(c) That she will not be attractive to him.
(d) That she will never have a career.

15. When do Feng's thoughts over Gerutha become evident in the story?
(a) After he is wounded in battle.
(b) After he is sickened and dying.
(c) After he leaves Denmark.
(d) After he kisses her.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Corambus resentful of Horwendil?

2. Where do the names in Part 3 of the story come from?

3. How is Amleth like his father?

4. What other event occurs on the same day Gerutha gives birth?

5. Which word best describes Horwendil's behavior with the songbirds that he has given Gerutha?

(see the answer keys)

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