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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) Tell Laertes the truth about his father's death.
(b) Show Laertes where his father is buried.
(c) Take care of Ophelia.
(d) Help Laertes kill Hamlet.

2. After reading the letters brought by the sailors in Act 4, Scene 6, what does Horatio say he wants to do?
(a) Wait until Hamlet arrives in Elsinore.
(b) Tell Gertrude about Hamlet.
(c) Go get Hamlet.
(d) Tell Claudius about Hamlet.

3. Where does Claudius want the body of Hamlet's first victim to be taken?
(a) To the police.
(b) To the doctor.
(c) To the graveyard.
(d) To the chapel.

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

5. 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 been executed.
(c) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are on their way back to Denmark.
(d) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have sent help to Denmark.

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

7. 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.

8. 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 dangerous.
(b) They are good, true friends.
(c) They are spies for Claudius.
(d) They are weak and foolish.

9. After witnessing Hamlet kill someone, Gertrude hurries to find Claudius. Who is he talking to when she comes in?
(a) Laertes and Ophelia.
(b) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
(c) Laertes.
(d) The ambassadors to Norway.

10. What message is the Norwegian Captain supposed to deliver to Claudius in Act 4, Scene 4?
(a) The armies of Denmark must surrender their weapons.
(b) The armies of Norway want passage through Denmark.
(c) The armies of Norway will attack at dawn.
(d) The armies of Norway have defeated the Poles.

11. Claudius finally gives Rosencrantz and Guildenstern sealed orders for how to handle Hamlet. What do those orders say?
(a) Hamlet should be put to death.
(b) Hamlet should be exiled from Denmark.
(c) Hamlet should be put on trial for murder.
(d) Hamlet should be locked away forever.

12. 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.

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 want to kill him.
(c) They think he should lead the armies against Norway.
(d) They think he is to blame for the last king's death

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) Getrude kills herself.
(b) The ghost appears.
(c) Ophelia enters the room.
(d) Claudius enters the room.

15. After he leaves the ship, how will Hamlet make his way back to Elsinore?
(a) Horatio must come get him.
(b) Ophelia must come get him.
(c) Claudius must pay a ransom.
(d) Hamlet must escape from the pirates.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Hamlet manage to avoid his fate in England?

2. How does Hamlet act after he has killed someone?

3. At the start of Act 4, Scene 4, the audience finally sees a character that has been talked about since the start of the play. Who is this character?

4. What does Polonius tell Gertrude to do in Act 3, Scene 4 regarding Hamlet?

5. What happens to Horatio at the end of the play?

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