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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. When Hamlet leaves his mother's room in Act 3, Scene 4, what does he take with him?
(a) A portrait of his dead father.
(b) A portrait of his mother.
(c) The dead body of Polonius.
(d) The dead body of Claudius.
2. The first time the audience sees Hamlet after he has killed someone, he says "Safely stowed." What does he mean?
(a) He has convinced his mother to help him.
(b) He has hidden the body.
(c) He has scared Ophelia away from him forever.
(d) He has established proof that he is crazy.
3. Hamlet's mother tries to leave the room during their conversation in Act 3, Scene 4, but Hamlet stops her and says she cannot leave until he does what?
(a) Kills Claudius.
(b) Kills her.
(c) Tells her about the ghost.
(d) Forces her to face what she has done.
4. What happens to Ophelia after her father's death?
(a) She blames Claudius for her father's death.
(b) She wants to kill Hamlet.
(c) She goes crazy.
(d) She gets sick.
5. In Act 4, scene 4, while watching the troops and reflecting on his own behavior, what does Hamlet promise about his future actions?
(a) They will be careful.
(b) They will be bloody.
(c) They will be crafty.
(d) They will be fast.
6. What does Polonius tell Gertrude to do in Act 3, Scene 4 regarding Hamlet?
(a) Make sure Hamlet knows that Polonius is listening to their conversation.
(b) Be kind to Hamlet and invite him to confide in her.
(c) Be stern with Hamlet about his behavior.
(d) Convince Hamlet to talk about Ophelia.
7. What does Claudius say about Laertes and Ophelia's death?
(a) He thinks Laertes is responsible for Ophelia's death.
(b) He is worried Ophelia's death will enrage Laertes.
(c) He is afraid Laertes may kill himself because of Ophelia's death.
(d) He knew about Ophelia's death, but did not want to tell Laertes.
8. How does Gertrude die?
(a) Laertes kills her with a poisoned sword.
(b) Hamlet kills her with a poisoned sword.
(c) She kills herself by drowning.
(d) She drinks poisoned wine meant for Hamlet.
9. After witnessing Hamlet kill someone, Gertrude hurries to find Claudius. Who is he talking to when she comes in?
(a) Laertes and Ophelia.
(b) The ambassadors to Norway.
(c) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
10. Watching the troops attacking, Hamlet decides that he is less of a man than their leader. Why does he say that?
(a) He has a better reason to fight than the leader, but he does not fight.
(b) Hamlet has only killed one man and the leader has killed many.
(c) The leader is a common man, while Hamlet is a prince.
(d) Hamlet was never in the army, unlike the troops' leader.
11. How does Claudius die?
(a) He drinks poisoned wine meant for Hamlet.
(b) Laertes kills him with a poisoned sword.
(c) He is forced to drink poisoned wine and is stabbed with a poisoned sword.
(d) He kills himself.
12. When he is asked where his first victim's body is, what does Hamlet do?
(a) He laughs.
(b) He refuses to speak.
(c) He threatens to kill more people.
(d) He answers with a riddle.
13. What happens to Horatio at the end of the play?
(a) He wants to kill himself, but Hamlet asks him to live.
(b) He gets poisoned by accident.
(c) He kills himself.
(d) He wants to kill himself, but Fortinbras stops him.
14. At the end of Act 4, Scene 2, what does Hamlet agree to do?
(a) Go see the king.
(b) Go to England.
(c) See a doctor.
(d) Talk to Gertrude.
15. After the murder, Claudius tells Hamlet to leave right away. Where should Hamlet go?
(a) Back to school.
(b) To be locked in his room.
(c) Off to prison.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Ophelia she say about the herb rosemary?
2. In the letter that the sailors deliver in Act 4, Scene 6, it says: "when thou shalt have overlooked this, give these fellows some means to the king: they have letters for him." What is the writer of the letter asking?
3. At the end of the play, a messenger arrives from England with news. What is the news?
4. What additional method does Claudius suggest so that even if Hamlet wins the duel with Laertes, Hamlet will still die?
5. Hamlet's attitude towards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern changes over the course of the play. By Act 4, Scene 2, what does he say about them?
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