Gertrude and Claudius Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT a name in Part 2?

2. Which statement best describes Gerutha's response to the songbirds?

3. Which character reflects on a difficulty in loving Hamlet?

4. How does Gerutha feel about the way Horwendil treats her?

5. Why does Gerutha use the phrase ". . . no woman wants to be a mere piece of furniture, to be bartered for and then sat upon?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Gerutha think that Feng and herself are in similar situations?

3. Name three supporting characters and describe their association with one of the main characters.

4. Describe your view of the history between King Rorik and Ona.

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

6. Describe why Feng feels he must leave Denmark.

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

8. Describe Horwendil's personality.

9. What is disappointing about the name Amleth for Gerutha?

10. Describe Gerutha on her wedding night.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chose one of the following characters to write a complete character description for, and explain their personality over the course of the story.

1. Gertrude.

2. Claudius.

3. Polonius.

4. King Hamlet.

Essay Topic 2

Falconry is a common sport at the time of the story. Gerutha is disturbed by the sport's violence and the blinding of the falcons involved. Write a three part essay to discuss your answers to the following questions.

Part 1. Describe why Gertutha is made uncomfortable with the falcons used for sport.

Part 2. Explain the analogy between the blinded falcon and the affair of Gerutha and Feng.

Part 3. Describe how Gerutha feels after she releases Bathsheba. Do you think it is similar to the remorse of a passed love?

Essay Topic 3

At many points in the story Gertrude is not content with her life. Explain your opinion of the following question. Do you think that Gertrude has been a victim of circumstance, or do you think her discontent is of her own doing?

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