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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Who does Hamlet kill in his mother's room?
2. What happens between Laertes and Hamlet in the graveyard scene?
(a) They both jump into Ophelia's grave and get in a fight.
(b) They shake hands over Ophelia's grave.
(c) Laertes blames Hamlet for his sister's death.
(d) Laertes tries to kill Hamlet.
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?
(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) Getrude is talking about Claudius, but Hamlet is talking about the dead king.
(d) Gertrude is using the dead king to force Hamlet to behave himself.
4. What happens to Ophelia after her father's death?
(a) She blames Claudius for her father's death.
(b) She gets sick.
(c) She wants to kill Hamlet.
(d) She goes crazy.
5. 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 weak and foolish.
(b) They are spies for Claudius.
(c) They are good, true friends.
(d) They are dangerous.
6. Where does Claudius want the body of Hamlet's first victim to be taken?
(a) To the chapel.
(b) To the police.
(c) To the graveyard.
(d) To the doctor.
7. Laertes comes up with another idea to make sure his duel with Hamlet will result in Hamlet's death. What is it?
(a) Poison the tip of the sword.
(b) Fix Laertes's sword so it is sharp.
(c) Damage Hamlet's armor so he is vulnerable.
(d) Force Hamlet to drink poison before the fight.
8. Who are the Norwegian soldiers attacking?
9. What message is the Norwegian Captain supposed to deliver to Claudius in Act 4, Scene 4?
(a) The armies of Norway want passage through Denmark.
(b) The armies of Norway have defeated the Poles.
(c) The armies of Norway will attack at dawn.
(d) The armies of Denmark must surrender their weapons.
10. When Hamlet first sees Laertes in the graveyard scene, what does Hamlet say about him?
(a) He is just like his father and not to be trusted.
(b) He is always mean to his sister.
(c) He is a noble youth.
(d) He is an arrogant, bossy man.
11. How does Hamlet act after he has killed someone?
(a) He is sorry for his crime.
(b) He does not seem sorry for his crime.
(c) He is relieved to have finally done something.
(d) He is frightened that someone will now try to kill him.
12. The sailors from the pirate ships deliver letters to Elsinore. Who are the letters from?
13. At the end of the play, a messenger arrives from England with news. What is the news?
(a) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are on their way back to Denmark.
(b) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have sent help to Denmark.
(c) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have arrived safely.
(d) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been executed.
14. What additional method does Claudius suggest so that even if Hamlet wins the duel with Laertes, Hamlet will still die?
(a) Challenge Hamlet to a duel himself.
(b) Give Hamlet a poisoned drink.
(c) Hire an assassin to kill Hamlet.
(d) Arrest Hamlet for Polonius's death.
15. How does Gertrude die?
(a) Hamlet kills her with a poisoned sword.
(b) She kills herself by drowning.
(c) Laertes kills her with a poisoned sword.
(d) She drinks poisoned wine meant for Hamlet.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Polonius tell Gertrude to do in Act 3, Scene 4 regarding Hamlet?
2. What is Hamlet's response when Claudius demands to know where the body of Hamlet's murdered victim is?
3. When Hamlet visits his mother in her room in Act 3, Scene 4, he speaks very harshly to his mother. What makes him stop?
4. Watching the troops attacking, Hamlet decides that he is less of a man than their leader. Why does he say that?
5. After the murder, Claudius tells Hamlet to leave right away. Where should Hamlet go?
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