Hamlet Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 4, Scene 1.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In Act 1, Scene 3, where is Laertes going?
(a) Off to war.
(b) To live in another country.
(c) To go to a new school.
(d) Back to college.

3. Who asks Hamlet to sit nearby during the play? Who does Hamlet prefer to sit with?
(a) Getrude wants Hamlet to sit by her, but he prefers Ophelia.
(b) Claudius wants Hamlet to sit nearby, but he prefers Ophelia.
(c) Gertrude wants Hamlet to sit by her, but he prefers Horatio.
(d) Ophelia wants Hamlet to sit by her, but he prefers Horatio.

4. Hamlet says "The time is out of joint: O cursed spite/ That ever I was born to set it right!" What does that mean?
(a) He wishes he did not have to do the things he expects to do.
(b) He cannot believe he has seen a ghost.
(c) He cannot believe what the ghost has told him.
(d) He wishes he was not born a prince.

5. After welcoming them to Elsinore, what does Claudius ask Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to do?
(a) Convince Hamlet to go back to school.
(b) Cheer Hamlet up and find out what is wrong with him.
(c) Convince Fortinbras not to attack Denmark.
(d) Watch Hamlet and make sure he does not hurt anyone.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Early in Act 2, Polonius believes he has found the cause of Hamlet's behavior. What is the first thing he does to test his theory?

3. What message do the ambassadors bring Claudius back from Norway?

4. What is the first part of the players' performance in Act 3, Scene 2?

5. Before the play is performed, Hamlet has a long conversation with the First Player. What is he telling the Player?

(see the answer key)

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