Hamlet Test | Final Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Act 4, scene 4, while watching the troops and reflecting on his own behavior, what does Hamlet promise about his future actions?
(a) They will be bloody.
(b) They will be careful.
(c) They will be crafty.
(d) They will be fast.

2. Laertes comes up with another idea to make sure his duel with Hamlet will result in Hamlet's death. What is it?
(a) Damage Hamlet's armor so he is vulnerable.
(b) Poison the tip of the sword.
(c) Fix Laertes's sword so it is sharp.
(d) Force Hamlet to drink poison before the fight.

3. What do the gravediggers say about Ophelia's burial?
(a) If she is a suicide, so she should not be buried in the churchyard.
(b) She should have been getting married, not buried.
(c) It is a shame that someone so young is dead.
(d) Her burial should get more ceremony and more attention than it is receiving.

4. 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) Bribe the referee.
(c) Damage Hamlet's armor so he is vulnerable.
(d) Force Hamlet to drink poison before the fight.

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

6. At the end of Act 4, Scene 2, what does Hamlet agree to do?
(a) Talk to Gertrude.
(b) Go to England.
(c) See a doctor.
(d) Go see the king.

7. How does Hamlet manage to avoid his fate in England?
(a) He killed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
(b) He made friends with the English queen.
(c) He got onto another ship.
(d) He bribed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

8. 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) He has a better reason to fight than the leader, but he does not fight.
(d) The leader is a common man, while Hamlet is a prince.

9. What happens to Ophelia after her father's death?
(a) She gets sick.
(b) She blames Claudius for her father's death.
(c) She goes crazy.
(d) She wants to kill Hamlet.

10. At the end of the play, a messenger arrives from England with news. What is the news?
(a) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have arrived safely.
(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 been executed.

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

12. 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) Forces her to face what she has done.
(b) Tells her about the ghost.
(c) Kills Claudius.
(d) Kills her.

13. When Laertes returns after his father's death, what do the common people say about him?
(a) They want to make him king.
(b) They think he is to blame for the last king's death
(c) They want to kill him.
(d) They think he should lead the armies against Norway.

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

15. As Laertes and Claudius discuss how to kill Hamlet, what news does Gertrude bring?
(a) Ophelia has died by drowning.
(b) Ophelia has died by hanging herself.
(c) Ophelia has died by taking poison.
(d) Ophelia has died by stabbing herself.

Short Answer Questions

1. The first time the audience sees Hamlet after he has killed someone, he says "Safely stowed." What does he mean?

2. Who does Hamlet kill in his mother's room?

3. What additional method does Claudius suggest so that even if Hamlet wins the duel with Laertes, Hamlet will still die?

4. As the funeral procession makes it way through the graveyard, Hamlet notices there are "maimed rites." What does that signify?

5. When Claudius hears that Hamlet has killed someone, what does he say?

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