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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. After the murder, Claudius tells Hamlet to leave right away. Where should Hamlet go?
(a) To be locked in his room.
(b) Back to school.
(d) Off to prison.
2. When he is asked where his first victim's body is, what does Hamlet do?
(a) He refuses to speak.
(b) He threatens to kill more people.
(c) He laughs.
(d) He answers with a riddle.
3. The sailors from the pirate ships deliver letters to Elsinore. Who are the letters from?
4. Who are the Norwegian soldiers attacking?
5. How does Hamlet act after he has killed someone?
(a) He is sorry for his crime.
(b) He is frightened that someone will now try to kill him.
(c) He does not seem sorry for his crime.
(d) He is relieved to have finally done something.
6. What do the gravediggers say about Ophelia's burial?
(a) Her burial should get more ceremony and more attention than it is receiving.
(b) She should have been getting married, not buried.
(c) It is a shame that someone so young is dead.
(d) If she is a suicide, so she should not be buried in the churchyard.
7. After witnessing Hamlet kill someone, Gertrude hurries to find Claudius. Who is he talking to when she comes in?
(b) The ambassadors to Norway.
(c) Laertes and Ophelia.
(d) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
8. Hamlet finally tells Claudius how to find the body of his first victim: "But indeed, if you find him not within this month, you shall nose him as you go up the stairs into the lobby." How is Hamlet saying that they might find the body?
(a) The body is waiting on the lobby stairs.
(b) Wait a month till the ground thaws and the grave will be revealed.
(c) Wait a month and you will smell where it is.
(d) Climb the stairs and you will see the body in the lobby.
9. 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?
(a) Bribe the referee.
(b) Damage Hamlet's armor so he is vulnerable.
(c) Fix Laertes's sword so it is sharp.
(d) Force Hamlet to drink poison before the fight.
10. 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?
(a) They are dangerous.
(b) They are spies for Claudius.
(c) They are good, true friends.
(d) They are weak and foolish.
11. How does Hamlet manage to avoid his fate in England?
(a) He made friends with the English queen.
(b) He bribed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
(c) He killed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
(d) He got onto another ship.
12. 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) Hamlet has decided to act crazy even with his mother.
(b) Gertrude is talking about the dead king, but Hamlet is talking about Claudius.
(c) Gertrude is using the dead king to force Hamlet to behave himself.
(d) Getrude is talking about Claudius, but Hamlet is talking about the dead king.
13. As the funeral procession makes it way through the graveyard, Hamlet notices there are "maimed rites." What does that signify?
(a) That the person who died was very old.
(b) That the person died by suicide.
(c) That the person who died was poor.
(d) That the person died from the plague.
14. After reading the letters brought by the sailors in Act 4, Scene 6, what does Horatio say he wants to do?
(a) Tell Claudius about Hamlet.
(b) Wait until Hamlet arrives in Elsinore.
(c) Go get Hamlet.
(d) Tell Gertrude about Hamlet.
15. What is Hamlet's response when Claudius demands to know where the body of Hamlet's murdered victim is?
(a) The worms are eating the victim for supper.
(b) The victim is eating supper in Heaven.
(c) The victim is eating supper in Hell.
(d) The victim is not really dead and is eating supper in the castle.
Short Answer Questions
1. Claudius finally gives Rosencrantz and Guildenstern sealed orders for how to handle Hamlet. What do those orders say?
2. How does Laertes die?
3. Claudius tells Laertes there are two reasons why he has not ordered Hamlet killed. What are those reasons?
4. How does Claudius die?
5. What happens between Laertes and Hamlet in the graveyard scene?
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