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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. At the end of the play, a messenger arrives from England with news. What is the news?
(a) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have sent help to Denmark.
(b) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been executed.
(c) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have arrived safely.
(d) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are on their way back to Denmark.

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

3. 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) 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 has only killed one man and the leader has killed many.

4. 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) Tell Laertes the truth about his father's death.
(d) Show Laertes where his father is buried.

5. What does Ophelia say about violets?
(a) The violets died when her father died.
(b) Violets stand for remembrance.
(c) Violets are her favorite flower.
(d) Violets stand for thoughts.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What are the Norwegian soldiers fighting over?

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

4. 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?

5. Some sailors arrive at Elsinore from a pirate ship in Act 4, Scene 6. Who do they deliver a letter to?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Whose burial does Hamlet witness in Act 5?

3. 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?

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

5. In Act 4, Scene 5, Claudius is almost overthrown by a violent mob. Who does the mob want to be king in his place?

6. When Claudius hears about Polonius's death, what is his first thought?

7. 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?

8. Claudius tells Laertes that Hamlet is responsible for Polonius's death. Claudius says that there are two reasons why he cannot have Hamlet publicly arrested and punished. What are those two reasons?

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

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

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