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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. 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) Fix Laertes's sword so it is sharp.
(c) Force Hamlet to drink poison before the fight.
(d) Damage Hamlet's armor so he is vulnerable.

3. 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) Give Hamlet a poisoned drink.
(c) Challenge Hamlet to a duel himself.
(d) Hire an assassin to kill Hamlet.

4. 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 careful.
(b) They will be fast.
(c) They will be crafty.
(d) They will be bloody.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When Hamlet visits his mother in her room in Act 3, Scene 4, he speaks very harshly to his mother. What makes him stop?

2. As Laertes and Claudius discuss how to kill Hamlet, what news does Gertrude bring?

3. 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?

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

5. What does Ophelia say about violets?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hamlet avoid going to England?

2. At the end of the play, we learn of the death of two minor characters. Who are they, and how do we learn of their death?

3. What plan do Laertes and Claudius come up with in Act 4, Scene 7 to kill Hamlet?

4. After Polonius's death, what does Gertrude tell Claudius about Hamlet?

5. Whose burial does Hamlet witness in Act 5?

6. Who is Yorick, and why does he come up in Act 5?

7. Who is the first person in Elsinore to find out that Hamlet is on his way back to Denmark instead of going to England? How does that person find out?

8. In the last scene of Act 3, Polonius is killed. At the end of the scene, what happens to his body?

9. As Hamlet travels to the boat for England, what or who does Hamlet find on a plain in Denmark?

10. Hamlet finally confronts his mother in Act 3, Scene 4, speaking harshly to her as he tries to force her to realize her own complicity in the crime. What happens to change his tone?

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