Hamlet Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 4, Scene 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the start of Act 4, Scene 4, the audience finally sees a character that has been talked about since the start of the play. Who is this character?
(a) Laertes.
(b) Fortinbras.
(c) Bernardo.
(d) Captain.

2. What does Claudius say in Act 3, Scene 3 about his own thoughts and words?
(a) His words and thoughts are not enough to convince heaven to forgive him.
(b) He says the right words, but they do not reach heaven because his thoughts are on earth.
(c) He does not speak his thoughts.
(d) His words lie, but his thoughts tell the truth.

3. What is the real reason for the last king's death?
(a) A knife in the back.
(b) Poison poured down his throat.
(c) A heart attack.
(d) Poison poured in his ear.

4. What specific thing does Hamlet determine Claudius must do before Hamlet can murder him?
(a) Apologize to Hamlet for killing his father.
(b) Confess his crime so the world will know about his guilt.
(c) Commit a sin so Hamlet can send his soul to hell.
(d) Stand trial for his crime so he can face public justice.

5. As Claudius speaks about his guilt in Act 3, Scene 3, what does he say about repenting?
(a) He cannot repent because he still has the crown and the queen -- the two things he did the murder for.
(b) He is sure that heaven will forgive him for his crime.
(c) Only the weak repent.
(d) He wants to repent, but cannot tell anyone what he has done.

Short Answer Questions

1. Hamlet says of Claudius: "He took my father grossly, full of bread; With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May." What does Hamlet mean by that?

2. In Act 1, Scene 5, what does the ghost ask Hamlet to do?

3. What is the public explanation of the last king's death?

4. At the end of the first act, what does Hamlet warn his friends he might do?

5. Claudius says his crime "hath the primal eldest curse upon't." What does he mean?

(see the answer key)

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