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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why is Corambus resentful of Horwendil?
(a) Because Corambus is in love with Gerutha.
(b) Because Horwendil moves into Elsinore before he is officially named king.
(c) Because Horwendil conspired to kill Rorik.
(d) Because Horwendil will not listen to his counciling.

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

5. What words best describe Amleth as a baby and child?
(a) Sickly and disagreeable.
(b) Energetic and sunny.
(c) Quiet and slow.
(d) Happy and simple.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Ljot related to?

2. What does Gerutha fear about being attracted to a man?

3. Which statement is true about Gerutha?

4. Who is Laertes?

5. Who was missing from Gerutha and Horwendil's wedding that upsets Horwendil?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Rorik's physical appearance as he is introduced in the story.

2. Describe Gerutha's physical appearance as a young woman when she is first introduced in the story.

3. In what ways does Gerutha find Feng more interesting and desirable than Horwendil?

4. What is similar between Bathsheba, the falcon whose eyes are sealed, and the characters of Gerutha and Feng?

5. How does Gerutha respond to her father's apology before he dies?

6. Describe why Feng feels he must leave Denmark.

7. Describe Ophelia and why she is considered beautiful.

8. Where do the names come from in the story?

9. Describe Gerutha on her wedding night.

10. Describe Gerutha's prediction of Horwendil as a husband.

(see the answer keys)

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