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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. After his first meeting with the ghost, what does Hamlet ask his friends to do?

2. What is the Prince of Norway's name?

3. What is Hamlet's mother's name?

4. At the beginning of Act 2, what does Polonius ask Reynaldo to find out?

5. Hamlet says of Claudius: "He took my father grossly, full of bread; With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May." What does Hamlet mean by that?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does the Ghost in Act 1, Scene 1 look like?

2. How does Hamlet suggest that Claudius and his servants might find Polonius's body?

3. At the end of Act 1, Scene 5, what does Hamlet tell his friends about his future behavior?

4. Why does Claudius claim he cannot seek forgiveness for his crimes?

5. When Hamlet first sees the ghost, he tries to talk to it. How does the ghost respond?

6. Does the Ghost at the beginning of the play talk to the watchers?

7. Laertes and Polonius are both concerned about Ophelia's romance. In Act 1, Scene 3, what do they tell her?

8. After Laertes leaves in Act 1, Scene 3, Polonius and Ophelia have a private talk. What specific instruction or order does Polonius give Ophelia?

9. In Act 2, Scene 2, what play does Hamlet ask the players to perform and why?

10. In Act 3, Claudius becomes convinced that Hamlet is insane. What does he decide to do with Hamlet?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The question of suicide comes up repeatedly in the play. Hamlet mentions it on multiple occasions and Ophelia's death is potentially a suicide and questionable enough that her funeral rites are "maimed." Discuss the play's treatment of suicide, focusing on the following points:

-- How is suicide presented? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?

-- Are there universal truths about death and suicide, as Hamlet seems to suggest in the "To be or not to be" speech? Or does the play contradict that by adding in Ophelia's suicide?

-- Do you think Ophelia does commit suicide? Why or why not?

-- Do you think Hamlet is essentially committing suicide at the end of the play? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Shakespeare frequently attributes disease or unhappiness in "great ones" as a sign of disease or unhappiness in an entire community. In "A Midsummer Night's Dream," for example, the entire world is out-of-whack because the king and queen of the faeries are fighting. There is no question that the "great ones" in Hamlet are diseased/unhappy. How does that unhappiness manifest itself in the rest of the country? Provide specific examples from the play to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

One of the major themes in the play is connected to ears, hearing, and trusting what you hear. Identify one or two important moments in each act when that theme comes up. Explain the moment, why it is important, and how it contributes to the overall theme.

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