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. 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?
Research the concept of "hamartia" or "tragic flaw." Write an essay in which you explain this concept and apply it to Hamlet or one of the other major characters in this play. Make sure you support your thesis with examples from the text.
Shakespeare is well known for adding comic characters to his most serious plays. In Hamlet, these characters may include Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Osric, and the gravediggers. Choose one or two of these characters/pairs of characters. Identify how they add comic relief to the script and at what point in the action does Shakespeare include them. How is that scene changed by having humor included?
Is Hamlet really crazy? Take a stand on this topic and support your stance with specific examples from throughout the text.
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