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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. After the play, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Claudius meet to discuss Hamlet. Polonius joins them. What does he tell Claudius?
(a) Hamlet is going to see his mother and Polonius will eavesdrop on their conversation.
(b) Hamlet is on his way to come see Claudius.
(c) Hamlet is acting crazy and threatening Gertrude.
(d) Hamlet is on his way to come see Ophelia.

2. What message is the Norwegian Captain supposed to deliver to Claudius in Act 4, Scene 4?
(a) The armies of Norway want passage through Denmark.
(b) The armies of Norway have defeated the Poles.
(c) The armies of Norway will attack at dawn.
(d) The armies of Denmark must surrender their weapons.

3. Claudius says his crime "hath the primal eldest curse upon't." What does he mean?
(a) Killing your oldest brother is an especially bad crime.
(b) Stealing your brother's wife is an especially bad crime.
(c) Killing the king is an especially bad crime.
(d) A brother's murder is an especially bad crime.

4. What other "crime" has been committed against the last king?
(a) Polonius stole from the state treasury.
(b) Claudius seduced his wife.
(c) Claudius stole from the state treasury.
(d) Laertes seduced his wife.

5. Hamlet enters about halfway through Act 3, Scene 3. When he comes in, what is Claudius doing?
(a) Eating.
(b) Talking to Polonius.
(c) Praying.
(d) Sleeping.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What shocking news does the ghost deliver to Hamlet in Act 1, Scene 5?

3. 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?

4. After the play, Claudius meets with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to discuss Hamlet's condition. Are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern more sympathetic to Claudius, Hamlet, or someone else?

5. What are the Norwegian soldiers fighting over?

(see the answer key)

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