Hamlet Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Act 3, Scene 2.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the start of the play, what are Francisco and Bernardo doing?
(a) They are getting ready to go to sleep.
(b) They are fighting in a battle.
(c) They are eating a meal together.
(d) They are on watch.

2. 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 quickly they can learn new lines in a script.
(c) How much emotion they are able to summon up for a performance.
(d) How confident they are in their performances.

3. Polonius gives Laertes plenty of advice before Laertes leaves Elsinore. What does Polonius tell Laertes about talking and listening to people?
(a) Talk to people, but do not listen to them.
(b) Let women do the talking; men should listen.
(c) Listen to people, but do not talk very much.
(d) Practice talking to strangers to build up your confidence.

4. In Act 3, Scene 1, after they have had some time to talk to Hamlet, what do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern say about his behavior?
(a) He acts strangely, but does not seem crazy.
(b) He is just unhappy about his father's death.
(c) He has not changed at all. He's normal.
(d) He has lost his mind.

5. In Act 1, Scene 1, why does Marcellus bring Horatio to talk to Francisco and Bernardo?
(a) To confirm what they have seen.
(b) To show him his father's ghost.
(c) To tell them the latest gossip about Hamlet.
(d) To cover for them while they take a break.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

2. Hamlet makes an ominous statement about married people: "those that are married already, all but one, shall live." What does that mean and who is he talking about?

3. After discussing Hamlet with Polonius in Act 1, how has Ophelia interacted with Hamlet?

4. Who does the ghost claim to be?

5. What is the weather like at the beginning of the play?

(see the answer key)

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