Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What country did the late King go to battle against?
2. After his first meeting with the ghost, what does Hamlet ask his friends to do?
3. What is the real reason for the last king's death?
4. Who is Horatio?
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 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?
2. After the play-within-a-play, where is Hamlet asked to go? Who asks him to go there?
3. What does Hamlet ask Horatio to do during the play-within-a-play?
4. How does Hamlet avoid going to England?
5. What is the setting (time and place) of Act 1, Scene 4?
6. Who does the ghost tell Hamlet NOT to seek revenge on?
7. At the end of Act 1, Scene 1, what does Horatio say he will do next?
8. In Act 2, Scene 2, what play does Hamlet ask the players to perform and why?
9. In Act 2, Scene 1, how does Ophelia describe Hamlet's appearance?
10. How does Hamlet act towards Ophelia during the play-within-a-play?
In the play we see both soliloquies (someone talking to themselves or the audience) and monologues (a single character talking to other characters). Compare and contrast the soliloquies and monologues of a single character. How is Claudius different in monologue than in soliloquy? How is Hamlet different? What is Shakespeare saying about the character's ability to be honest with him/herself and with others?
Sigmund Freud put forward the idea of the "Oedipus complex," based on the character of Oedipus from Greek tragedy. Freud also asserted that Hamlet has a serious Oedipus complex. Research the idea of the Oedipus complex and write an essay in which you do the following:
-- Explain what the Oedipus complex is.
-- State whether or not you think Hamlet has an Oedipus complex.
-- Support your view with information from the text.
At one point, Hamlet says "Words, words, words," and while there are a lot of words in this play, people use those words to manipulate or control each other, rather than to tell each other the truth. What theme or lesson can be drawn from this play about the important of words and language? Support your thesis with examples from the text.
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