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

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

3. What is Hamlet's response when Claudius demands to know where the body of Hamlet's murdered victim is?
(a) The victim is not really dead and is eating supper in the castle.
(b) The victim is eating supper in Heaven.
(c) The victim is eating supper in Hell.
(d) The worms are eating the victim for supper.

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

5. After talking to Hamlet in her room, what does Gertrude say about Hamlet?
(a) He is not crazy.
(b) He is crazy.
(c) He is mad with love for Ophelia.
(d) He is determined to get revenge.

Short Answer 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?

2. After the murder, Claudius tells Hamlet to leave right away. Where should Hamlet go?

3. What does Ophelia she say about the herb rosemary?

4. Watching the troops attacking, Hamlet decides that he is less of a man than their leader. Why does he say that?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Hamlet calls Rosencrantz and Guildenstern "a sponge." Why does he say that?

5. Whose burial does Hamlet witness in Act 5?

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

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

8. 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?

9. How does Hamlet avoid going to England?

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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