Hamlet Test | Final 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. Who does Hamlet kill in his mother's room?

2. Watching the troops attacking, Hamlet decides that he is less of a man than their leader. Why does he say that?

3. What happens to Ophelia after her father's death?

4. What is Hamlet's response when Claudius demands to know where the body of Hamlet's murdered victim is?

5. Claudius tells Laertes there are two reasons why he has not ordered Hamlet killed. What are those reasons?

Short Essay Questions

1. Whose burial does Hamlet witness in Act 5?

2. List the major characters who die during the last scene of the play.

3. In the last scene of Act 3, Polonius is killed. At the end of the scene, what happens to his body?

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

5. As Hamlet travels to the boat for England, what or who does Hamlet find on a plain in Denmark?

6. 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?

7. What plan do Laertes and Claudius come up with in Act 4, Scene 7 to kill Hamlet?

8. After Polonius's death, Ophelia comes to see Gertrude. What do we learn about Ophelia in that scene?

9. After Polonius's death, what does Gertrude tell Claudius about Hamlet?

10. When Hamlet hears about Fortinbras and his attacks on Poland, what does he say about Fortinbras and about himself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Is Hamlet really crazy? Take a stand on this topic and support your stance with specific examples from throughout the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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