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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. 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?
2. As Gertrude lays flowers at Ophelia's grave, what does she say?
3. Claudius asks Hamlet a second time about where they can find his victim. Hamlet responds, "In heaven; send hither to see: if your messenger find him not there, seek him i' the other place yourself." What other place is Hamlet suggesting Claudius visit?
4. At the end of the play, a messenger arrives from England with news. What is the news?
5. What does Ophelia she say about the herb rosemary?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Act 4, Scene 5, Claudius is almost overthrown by a violent mob. Who does the mob want to be king in his place?
2. 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?
3. How does Hamlet avoid going to England?
4. As Hamlet travels to the boat for England, what or who does Hamlet find on a plain in Denmark?
5. What plan do Laertes and Claudius come up with in Act 4, Scene 7 to kill Hamlet?
6. List the major characters who die during the last scene of the play.
7. 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?
8. Hamlet calls Rosencrantz and Guildenstern "a sponge." Why does he say that?
9. In Act 4, Scene 3, what does Claudius reveal to the audience about his plans for Hamlet in England?
10. When Hamlet hears about Fortinbras and his attacks on Poland, what does he say about Fortinbras and about himself?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Study some of the basics of Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince" and apply them to the political situation in Denmark. What would Machiavelli say about Claudius? Polonius? Fortinbras? Hamlet?
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
Discuss the use of irony, dramatic and otherwise, throughout the play. How does Shakespeare use irony to make his scenes more effective?
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