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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. At the end of Act 4, Scene 2, what does Hamlet agree to do?
(a) Go see the king.
(b) Go to England.
(c) Talk to Gertrude.
(d) See a doctor.
2. As Gertrude lays flowers at Ophelia's grave, what does she say?
(a) She is glad Ophelia will be with her father now.
(b) She hoped Ophelia and Hamlet would marry.
(c) She believes Ophelia is now an angel.
(d) She is sorry Ophelia died so young.
3. When Hamlet first sees Laertes in the graveyard scene, what does Hamlet say about him?
(a) He is just like his father and not to be trusted.
(b) He is always mean to his sister.
(c) He is an arrogant, bossy man.
(d) He is a noble youth.
4. How does Claudius die?
(a) He drinks poisoned wine meant for Hamlet.
(b) He kills himself.
(c) Laertes kills him with a poisoned sword.
(d) He is forced to drink poisoned wine and is stabbed with a poisoned sword.
5. The first time the audience sees Hamlet after he has killed someone, he says "Safely stowed." What does he mean?
(a) He has established proof that he is crazy.
(b) He has scared Ophelia away from him forever.
(c) He has hidden the body.
(d) He has convinced his mother to help him.
6. Claudius finally gives Rosencrantz and Guildenstern sealed orders for how to handle Hamlet. What do those orders say?
(a) Hamlet should be locked away forever.
(b) Hamlet should be exiled from Denmark.
(c) Hamlet should be put to death.
(d) Hamlet should be put on trial for murder.
7. Who are the Norwegian soldiers attacking?
8. When he is asked where his first victim's body is, what does Hamlet do?
(a) He answers with a riddle.
(b) He threatens to kill more people.
(c) He refuses to speak.
(d) He laughs.
9. What message is the Norwegian Captain supposed to deliver to Claudius in Act 4, Scene 4?
(a) The armies of Norway have defeated the Poles.
(b) The armies of Denmark must surrender their weapons.
(c) The armies of Norway will attack at dawn.
(d) The armies of Norway want passage through Denmark.
10. When Claudius finds out Hamlet has killed someone, what is he most worried about?
(a) Whether Hamlet should stand trial.
(b) Whether a doctor can help Hamlet get better.
(c) Whether Hamlet will try to kill.
(d) Whether the murder will affect his power and ability to rule.
11. When Hamlet and his mother finally talk in Gertrude's room, she says, "Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended." Hamlet responds, "Mother, you have my father much offended." Why is that dialogue important?
(a) Gertrude is using the dead king to force Hamlet to behave himself.
(b) Hamlet has decided to act crazy even with his mother.
(c) Getrude is talking about Claudius, but Hamlet is talking about the dead king.
(d) Gertrude is talking about the dead king, but Hamlet is talking about Claudius.
12. At the end of Act 4, Scene 5, what does Claudius offer to do for Laertes?
(a) Show Laertes where his father is buried.
(b) Tell Laertes the truth about his father's death.
(c) Help Laertes kill Hamlet.
(d) Take care of Ophelia.
13. How does Gertrude die?
(a) She drinks poisoned wine meant for Hamlet.
(b) Hamlet kills her with a poisoned sword.
(c) Laertes kills her with a poisoned sword.
(d) She kills herself by drowning.
14. What does Ophelia she say about the herb rosemary?
(a) Rosemary is her favorite plant.
(b) Rosemary stands for thoughts.
(c) The rosemary died when her father died.
(d) Rosemary stands for remembrance.
15. How does Hamlet manage to avoid his fate in England?
(a) He got onto another ship.
(b) He bribed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
(c) He killed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
(d) He made friends with the English queen.
Short Answer Questions
1. When Laertes returns after his father's death, what do the common people say about him?
2. The sailors from the pirate ships deliver letters to Elsinore. Who are the letters from?
3. What does Claudius ask Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to do, after learning that Hamlet has committed murder?
4. In Act 4, scene 4, while watching the troops and reflecting on his own behavior, what does Hamlet promise about his future actions?
5. At the end of the play, a messenger arrives from England with news. What is the news?
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