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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. After the murder, Claudius tells Hamlet to leave right away. Where should Hamlet go?
2. Who is "poor Yorick"?
3. What happens to Ophelia after her father's death?
4. At the end of Act 4, Scene 5, what does Claudius offer to do for Laertes?
5. Some sailors arrive at Elsinore from a pirate ship in Act 4, Scene 6. Who do they deliver a letter to?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Choose a speech by any character that is at least 20 lines long. In an essay, explain the context of the speech within the play, then analyze the speech. Identify its major themes or points and discuss the use of language in the speech. Is there specific imagery used? What effect does that imagery have? Why is there a speech at that point in the text? What purpose does it serve, and why is it long instead of just a couple of lines?
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
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?
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