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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Claudius say about Laertes and Ophelia's death?
(a) He thinks Laertes is responsible for Ophelia's death.
(b) He knew about Ophelia's death, but did not want to tell Laertes.
(c) He is afraid Laertes may kill himself because of Ophelia's death.
(d) He is worried Ophelia's death will enrage Laertes.
2. Who is "poor Yorick"?
(a) The king's jester, now dead.
(b) The gravedigger who is old and tired.
(c) Hamlet's servant, who is old and tired.
(d) Hamlet's grandfather, now dead.
3. 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.
4. At the end of the play, who will rule Denmark?
5. How does Claudius die?
(a) He is forced to drink poisoned wine and is stabbed with a poisoned sword.
(b) He kills himself.
(c) Laertes kills him with a poisoned sword.
(d) He drinks poisoned wine meant for Hamlet.
6. What does Polonius tell Gertrude to do in Act 3, Scene 4 regarding Hamlet?
(a) Be stern with Hamlet about his behavior.
(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) Convince Hamlet to talk about Ophelia.
7. What additional method does Claudius suggest so that even if Hamlet wins the duel with Laertes, Hamlet will still die?
(a) Arrest Hamlet for Polonius's death.
(b) Hire an assassin to kill Hamlet.
(c) Give Hamlet a poisoned drink.
(d) Challenge Hamlet to a duel himself.
8. Who are the Norwegian soldiers attacking?
9. 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.
10. Who does Hamlet kill in his mother's room?
11. 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) Tells her about the ghost.
(b) Forces her to face what she has done.
(c) Kills Claudius.
(d) Kills her.
12. 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 want passage through Denmark.
(d) The armies of Norway will attack at dawn.
13. 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) Wait a month and you will smell where it is.
(b) Wait a month till the ground thaws and the grave will be revealed.
(c) Climb the stairs and you will see the body in the lobby.
(d) The body is waiting on the lobby stairs.
14. When Hamlet visits his mother in her room in Act 3, Scene 4, he speaks very harshly to his mother. What makes him stop?
(a) Ophelia enters the room.
(b) The ghost appears.
(c) Claudius enters the room.
(d) Getrude kills herself.
15. Watching the troops attacking, Hamlet decides that he is less of a man than their leader. Why does he say that?
(a) The leader is a common man, while Hamlet is a prince.
(b) He has a better reason to fight than the leader, but he does not fight.
(c) Hamlet was never in the army, unlike the troops' leader.
(d) Hamlet has only killed one man and the leader has killed many.
Short Answer Questions
1. Claudius tells Laertes there are two reasons why he has not ordered Hamlet killed. What are those reasons?
2. Claudius asks Hamlet a second time about where they can find his victim. Hamlet responds, "In heaven; send hither to see: if your messenger find him not there, seek him i' the other place yourself." What other place is Hamlet suggesting Claudius visit?
3. 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?
4. How does Hamlet manage to avoid his fate in England?
5. Who is Gertrude truly loyal to?
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