Hamlet Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 4, Scene 6.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Act 2, Scene 1, why is Ophelia frightened?
(a) She saw Hamlet slap Gertrude in the face.
(b) She saw a fight between Claudius and Hamlet.
(c) She saw the ghost talking to Hamlet.
(d) She had an unpleasant encounter with Hamlet.

2. Hamlet is delighted that the players, a group of traveling actors, are at Elsinore. He welcomes them and asks them for two favors. What are those two favors?
(a) To perform "The Murder of Gonzago" and to let Hamlet play a role in it.
(b) To perform "The Murder of Gonzago" and to add in a speech with new lines.
(c) To perform both "The Murder of Gonzago" and "Priam and Hecuba" for the court.
(d) Not to perform "The Murder of Gonzago" and to perform Hamlet's favorite play instead.

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

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

5. What does Hamlet learn about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's reasons for visiting Elsinore?
(a) They came to visit him.
(b) They came to see his father's funeral.
(c) They were sent for by the king.
(d) They were sent for by Polonius.

Short Answer Questions

1. The tone of the conversation between Hamlet and Ophelia in Act 3, Scene 1 changes abruptly when Ophelia does what?

2. When Polonius tries to speak with Hamlet, does Polonius really believe Hamlet is crazy?

3. Who is Ophelia?

4. What was Ophelia doing when she was frightened by Hamlet in Act 2, Scene 1?

5. In their first conversation together, what important information does Hamlet reveal to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

(see the answer key)

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