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. After watching the players give a speech about Hecuba and Priam, what does Hamlet say impresses him the most?
(a) How intelligent they are.
(b) How much emotion they are able to summon up for a performance.
(c) How confident they are in their performances.
(d) How quickly they can learn new lines in a script.

2. After the play is performed, what do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ask Hamlet to do?
(a) Go see Claudius.
(b) Go see his mother.
(c) Ask the players to leave Elsinore.
(d) Go see Ophelia.

3. After the play is performed, what does Polonius ask Hamlet to do?
(a) Ask the players to leave Elsinore.
(b) Go see the Queen.
(c) Go see Claudius.
(d) Go see Ophelia.

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 wishes he was not born a prince.
(d) He cannot believe what the ghost has told him.

5. What does Polonius tell Laertes about borrowing money?
(a) Borrowing and lending money is a good thing to do.
(b) Do not borrow money, but lend money if you can.
(c) Borrowing money is all right, but do not lend money.
(d) Do not borrow or lend money.

Short Answer Questions

1. When the play shows a king being poisoned, how does the current king, Claudius, react?

2. Who are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

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

4. What does Hamlet ask Horatio to do during the play's performance?

5. In Act 1, Scene 3, what does Polonius ask Ophelia to do about Hamlet?

(see the answer key)

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