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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. 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) Ophelia enters the room.
(b) Claudius enters the room.
(c) The ghost appears.
(d) Getrude kills herself.
2. Watching the troops attacking, Hamlet decides that he is less of a man than their leader. Why does he say that?
(a) The leader is a common man, while Hamlet is a prince.
(b) Hamlet has only killed one man and the leader has killed many.
(c) Hamlet was never in the army, unlike the troops' leader.
(d) He has a better reason to fight than the leader, but he does not fight.
3. Who is Gertrude truly loyal to?
(d) No one.
4. 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) Go get Hamlet.
(c) Tell Gertrude about Hamlet.
(d) Tell Claudius about Hamlet.
5. 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 weak and foolish.
(b) They are dangerous.
(c) They are spies for Claudius.
(d) They are good, true friends.
Short Answer Questions
1. As Laertes and Claudius discuss how to kill Hamlet, what news does Gertrude bring?
2. What do the gravediggers say about Ophelia's burial?
3. What additional method does Claudius suggest so that even if Hamlet wins the duel with Laertes, Hamlet will still die?
4. What does Ophelia say about violets?
5. Where does Claudius want the body of Hamlet's first victim to be taken?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Act 4, Scene 3, what does Claudius reveal to the audience about his plans for Hamlet in England?
2. When Hamlet hears about Fortinbras and his attacks on Poland, what does he say about Fortinbras and about himself?
3. Who is Yorick, and why does he come up in Act 5?
4. 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?
5. After Polonius's death, Ophelia comes to see Gertrude. What do we learn about Ophelia in that scene?
6. When Claudius hears about Polonius's death, what is his first thought?
7. After Polonius's death, what does Gertrude tell Claudius about Hamlet?
8. How does Hamlet avoid going to England?
9. As Hamlet travels to the boat for England, what or who does Hamlet find on a plain in Denmark?
10. Hamlet calls Rosencrantz and Guildenstern "a sponge." Why does he say that?
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