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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What happens between Laertes and Hamlet in the graveyard scene?
(a) They shake hands over Ophelia's grave.
(b) They both jump into Ophelia's grave and get in a fight.
(c) Laertes tries to kill Hamlet.
(d) Laertes blames Hamlet for his sister's death.
2. 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) Forces her to face what she has done.
(c) Tells her about the ghost.
(d) Kills her.
3. When Hamlet first sees Laertes in the graveyard scene, what does Hamlet say about him?
(a) He is a noble youth.
(b) He is always mean to his sister.
(c) He is just like his father and not to be trusted.
(d) He is an arrogant, bossy man.
4. 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 good, true friends.
(b) They are weak and foolish.
(c) They are spies for Claudius.
(d) They are dangerous.
5. At the end of the play, a messenger arrives from England with news. What is the news?
(a) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been executed.
(b) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have sent help to Denmark.
(c) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are on their way back to Denmark.
(d) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have arrived safely.
6. 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) Fix Laertes's sword so it is sharp.
(b) Force Hamlet to drink poison before the fight.
(c) Bribe the referee.
(d) Damage Hamlet's armor so he is vulnerable.
7. Where does Claudius want the body of Hamlet's first victim to be taken?
(a) To the graveyard.
(b) To the doctor.
(c) To the police.
(d) To the chapel.
8. How does Claudius die?
(a) He is forced to drink poisoned wine and is stabbed with a poisoned sword.
(b) He drinks poisoned wine meant for Hamlet.
(c) Laertes kills him with a poisoned sword.
(d) He kills himself.
9. Watching the troops attacking, Hamlet decides that he is less of a man than their leader. Why does he say that?
(a) Hamlet has only killed one man and the leader has killed many.
(b) The leader is a common man, while Hamlet is a prince.
(c) He has a better reason to fight than the leader, but he does not fight.
(d) Hamlet was never in the army, unlike the troops' leader.
10. The first time the audience sees Hamlet after he has killed someone, he says "Safely stowed." What does he mean?
(a) He has scared Ophelia away from him forever.
(b) He has hidden the body.
(c) He has convinced his mother to help him.
(d) He has established proof that he is crazy.
11. While explaining Hamlet's crime to his courtiers, why does Claudius say he has to be gentle with Hamlet?
(a) The people of Denmark love him.
(b) He is still a prince.
(c) Gertrude will be upset if they are hard on him.
(d) He is crazy, but not a bad person.
12. What happens to Horatio at the end of the play?
(a) He kills himself.
(b) He wants to kill himself, but Hamlet asks him to live.
(c) He wants to kill himself, but Fortinbras stops him.
(d) He gets poisoned by accident.
13. 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) Help the sailors get in to see the dead king's body.
(b) Give the sailors a tip for delivering the letters.
(c) Help the sailors get in to see Claudius.
(d) This letter is meant for the king. You should not read it.
14. 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) Climb the stairs and you will see the body in the lobby.
(c) Wait a month and you will smell where it is.
(d) Wait a month till the ground thaws and the grave will be revealed.
15. How does Hamlet act after he has killed someone?
(a) He is relieved to have finally done something.
(b) He is sorry for his crime.
(c) He does not seem sorry for his crime.
(d) He is frightened that someone will now try to kill him.
Short Answer Questions
1. As the funeral procession makes it way through the graveyard, Hamlet notices there are "maimed rites." What does that signify?
2. What additional method does Claudius suggest so that even if Hamlet wins the duel with Laertes, Hamlet will still die?
3. At the end of the play, who will rule Denmark?
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. How does Laertes die?
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