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. How does Gertrude die?

2. At the end of Act 4, Scene 2, what does Hamlet agree to do?

3. What does Claudius say about Laertes and Ophelia's death?

4. At the end of the play, who will rule Denmark?

5. When Hamlet and his mother finally talk in Gertrude's room, she says, "Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended." Hamlet responds, "Mother, you have my father much offended." Why is that dialogue important?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Polonius's death, who is sent to find Hamlet?

2. Hamlet calls Rosencrantz and Guildenstern "a sponge." Why does he say that?

3. In Act 4, Scene 3, what does Claudius reveal to the audience about his plans for Hamlet in England?

4. How does Hamlet avoid going to England?

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

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

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

8. In Act 4, Scene 5, Claudius is almost overthrown by a violent mob. Who does the mob want to be king in his place?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In 1887, Lord Action wrote, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Do you think Shakespeare would agree? Use examples from the play to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of irony, dramatic and otherwise, throughout the play. How does Shakespeare use irony to make his scenes more effective?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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