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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. After talking to Hamlet in her room, what does Gertrude say about Hamlet?
(a) He is crazy.
(b) He is mad with love for Ophelia.
(c) He is not crazy.
(d) He is determined to get revenge.
2. 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 talking about the dead king, but Hamlet is talking about Claudius.
(b) Gertrude is using the dead king to force Hamlet to behave himself.
(c) Getrude is talking about Claudius, but Hamlet is talking about the dead king.
(d) Hamlet has decided to act crazy even with his mother.
3. 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.
4. What happens between Laertes and Hamlet in the graveyard scene?
(a) Laertes tries to kill Hamlet.
(b) Laertes blames Hamlet for his sister's death.
(c) They shake hands over Ophelia's grave.
(d) They both jump into Ophelia's grave and get in a fight.
5. As the funeral procession makes it way through the graveyard, Hamlet notices there are "maimed rites." What does that signify?
(a) That the person died from the plague.
(b) That the person who died was poor.
(c) That the person died by suicide.
(d) That the person who died was very old.
6. When Laertes returns after his father's death, what does he want?
(a) To talk to Hamlet.
(b) To visit with his sister.
(c) To take over the throne of Denmark.
(d) Revenge on the people responsible for his father's death.
7. 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?
(a) Give the sailors a tip for delivering the letters.
(b) This letter is meant for the king. You should not read it.
(c) Help the sailors get in to see the dead king's body.
(d) Help the sailors get in to see Claudius.
8. After reading the letters brought by the sailors in Act 4, Scene 6, what does Horatio say he wants to do?
(a) Go get Hamlet.
(b) Tell Gertrude about Hamlet.
(c) Wait until Hamlet arrives in Elsinore.
(d) Tell Claudius about Hamlet.
9. What does Ophelia say about violets?
(a) Violets stand for remembrance.
(b) Violets stand for thoughts.
(c) The violets died when her father died.
(d) Violets are her favorite flower.
10. 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) Take care of Ophelia.
(c) Help Laertes kill Hamlet.
(d) Tell Laertes the truth about his father's death.
11. At the end of the play, who will rule Denmark?
12. What does Polonius tell Gertrude to do in Act 3, Scene 4 regarding Hamlet?
(a) Convince Hamlet to talk about Ophelia.
(b) Make sure Hamlet knows that Polonius is listening to their conversation.
(c) Be kind to Hamlet and invite him to confide in her.
(d) Be stern with Hamlet about his behavior.
13. What happens to Ophelia after her father's death?
(a) She goes crazy.
(b) She wants to kill Hamlet.
(c) She blames Claudius for her father's death.
(d) She gets sick.
14. After the murder, Claudius tells Hamlet to leave right away. Where should Hamlet go?
(a) To be locked in his room.
(c) Off to prison.
(d) Back to school.
15. What additional method does Claudius suggest so that even if Hamlet wins the duel with Laertes, Hamlet will still die?
(a) Hire an assassin to kill Hamlet.
(b) Challenge Hamlet to a duel himself.
(c) Arrest Hamlet for Polonius's death.
(d) Give Hamlet a poisoned drink.
Short Answer Questions
1. At the end of the play, a messenger arrives from England with news. What is the news?
2. Claudius suggests a duel between Laertes and Hamlet, but that type of duel usually is not deadly. What does Claudius suggest they do to injure Hamlet?
3. At the end of Act 4, Scene 2, what does Hamlet agree to do?
4. What message is the Norwegian Captain supposed to deliver to Claudius in Act 4, Scene 4?
5. When he is asked where his first victim's body is, what does Hamlet do?
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