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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 5, what does Claudius offer to do for Laertes?
(a) Help Laertes kill Hamlet.
(b) Take care of Ophelia.
(c) Show Laertes where his father is buried.
(d) Tell Laertes the truth about his father's death.

2. How does Claudius die?
(a) Laertes kills him with a poisoned sword.
(b) He kills himself.
(c) He drinks poisoned wine meant for Hamlet.
(d) He is forced to drink poisoned wine and is stabbed with a poisoned sword.

3. While explaining Hamlet's crime to his courtiers, why does Claudius say he has to be gentle with Hamlet?
(a) Gertrude will be upset if they are hard on him.
(b) The people of Denmark love him.
(c) He is crazy, but not a bad person.
(d) He is still a prince.

4. 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) This letter is meant for the king. You should not read it.
(b) Help the sailors get in to see Claudius.
(c) Help the sailors get in to see the dead king's body.
(d) Give the sailors a tip for delivering the letters.

5. What does Ophelia she say about the herb rosemary?
(a) The rosemary died when her father died.
(b) Rosemary is her favorite plant.
(c) Rosemary stands for remembrance.
(d) Rosemary stands for thoughts.

6. Watching the troops attacking, Hamlet decides that he is less of a man than their leader. Why does he say that?
(a) Hamlet was never in the army, unlike the troops' leader.
(b) Hamlet has only killed one man and the leader has killed many.
(c) The leader is a common man, while Hamlet is a prince.
(d) He has a better reason to fight than the leader, but he does not fight.

7. How does Laertes die?
(a) He kills himself.
(b) Hamlet kills him with a poisoned sword.
(c) He drinks poisoned wine meant for Hamlet.
(d) He is forced to drink poisoned wine and is stabbed with a poisoned sword.

8. 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 who died was poor.
(c) That the person died from the plague.
(d) That the person died by suicide.

9. Who does Hamlet kill in his mother's room?
(a) Fortinbras.
(b) Laertes.
(c) Getrude.
(d) Polonius.

10. What happens to Horatio at the end of the play?
(a) He wants to kill himself, but Fortinbras stops him.
(b) He wants to kill himself, but Hamlet asks him to live.
(c) He kills himself.
(d) He gets poisoned by accident.

11. 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.

12. How does Gertrude die?
(a) She drinks poisoned wine meant for Hamlet.
(b) She kills herself by drowning.
(c) Laertes kills her with a poisoned sword.
(d) Hamlet kills her with a poisoned sword.

13. Who are the Norwegian soldiers attacking?
(a) Sweden.
(b) Denmark.
(c) England.
(d) Poland.

14. The sailors from the pirate ships deliver letters to Elsinore. Who are the letters from?
(a) Horatio.
(b) Hamlet.
(c) Gertrude.
(d) Laertes.

15. Claudius tells Laertes there are two reasons why he has not ordered Hamlet killed. What are those reasons?
(a) Because the common people love him and Fortinbras might attack if he is killed.
(b) Because Gertrude loves him and the common people love him.
(c) Because Hamlet is heir to the throne and Gertrude loves him.
(d) Because Gertrude loves him and Ophelia might kill herself if he is killed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens between Laertes and Hamlet in the graveyard scene?

2. After talking to Hamlet in her room, what does Gertrude say about Hamlet?

3. When Hamlet leaves his mother's room in Act 3, Scene 4, what does he take with him?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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