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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the main idea of Hamlet's "To be or not to be" speech?
(a) Hamlet is thinking about killing Ophelia.
(b) Hamlet is thinking about killing Claudius.
(c) Hamlet is thinking about killing himself.
(d) Hamlet is thinking about proposing to Ophelia.

2. In Act 2, Scene 1, how does Ophelia describe Hamlet's behavior?
(a) He yelled at her but would not look at her.
(b) He stared at her but did not speak.
(c) He stared at her, then started to yell at her.
(d) He would not look at her and would not speak to her.

3. Where is Elsinore in Act 1, Scene 1?
(a) France.
(b) England.
(c) Italy.
(d) Denmark.

4. In Act 1, Scene 3, what does Polonius ask Ophelia to do about Hamlet?
(a) Make friends with him.
(b) Stay away from him.
(c) Spy on him.
(d) Flirt with him.

5. After his first meeting with the ghost, what does Hamlet ask his friends to do?
(a) Tell the world about the last king's death.
(b) Help him break the news to his mother.
(c) Keep his secret.
(d) Help him avenge the murder.

6. How does Hamlet react when he sees the ghost for the first time?
(a) He is frightened and runs away.
(b) He is angry and tries to attack it.
(c) He is upset and starts to cry.
(d) He is startled, but tries to talk to it.

7. The tone of the conversation between Hamlet and Ophelia in Act 3, Scene 1 changes abruptly when Ophelia does what?
(a) Kisses Hamlet.
(b) Mentions her father.
(c) Gives back the letters and gifts Hamlet gave her.
(d) Tries to leave the room.

8. When the audience first sees Claudius, he gives a speech about the current situation in Denmark and then speaks to Hamlet about his behavior. What does Claudius say to Hamlet at this early point in the play?
(a) He is too angry.
(b) He is too sad.
(c) He is too frightened.
(d) He is too happy.

9. What does Claudius say in Act 3, Scene 3 about his own thoughts and words?
(a) He does not speak his thoughts.
(b) He says the right words, but they do not reach heaven because his thoughts are on earth.
(c) His words lie, but his thoughts tell the truth.
(d) His words and thoughts are not enough to convince heaven to forgive him.

10. Why does Hamlet talk to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern about a recorder?
(a) Hamlet says they want to play him like a recorder and get information out of him.
(b) Hamlet asks them to teach him how to play the recorder.
(c) Hamlet says he wants to learn to play the recorder.
(d) Hamlet wants them to make the musicians stop playing the recorder.

11. What specific thing does Hamlet determine Claudius must do before Hamlet can murder him?
(a) Confess his crime so the world will know about his guilt.
(b) Stand trial for his crime so he can face public justice.
(c) Apologize to Hamlet for killing his father.
(d) Commit a sin so Hamlet can send his soul to hell.

12. After discussing Hamlet with Polonius in Act 1, how has Ophelia interacted with Hamlet?
(a) She has spent even more time with him than she used to.
(b) She has avoided him entirely.
(c) She has avoided him most of the time.
(d) She has continued to see him.

13. As Claudius speaks about his guilt in Act 3, Scene 3, what does he say about repenting?
(a) Only the weak repent.
(b) He wants to repent, but cannot tell anyone what he has done.
(c) He is sure that heaven will forgive him for his crime.
(d) He cannot repent because he still has the crown and the queen -- the two things he did the murder for.

14. Polonius asks Claudius to arrange for Hamlet to go somewhere after the play's performance. Where is Hamlet supposed to go?
(a) To see his mother.
(b) To see a doctor.
(c) To see Claudius.
(d) To see Ophelia.

15. After telling Ophelia to get to a nunnery, what does Hamlet say about marriage?
(a) We shall have no more marriage.
(b) Marriage is the best thing Ophelia can do with her life.
(c) Marriage is an old-fashioned institution.
(d) Marriage is better for women than for men.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. After the play is performed, what do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ask Hamlet to do?

3. Who does the ghost claim to be?

4. In Act 3, Scene 1, what does Hamlet tell Ophelia about his feelings for her?

5. During "The Mousetrap," Gertrude says, "The lady protests too much, methinks." What is she talking about?

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