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. What does Ophelia say about violets?

2. At the end of the play, a messenger arrives from England with news. What is the news?

3. How does Gertrude die?

4. How does Laertes die?

5. As the funeral procession makes it way through the graveyard, Hamlet notices there are "maimed rites." What does that signify?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Yorick, and why does he come up in Act 5?

3. 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?

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

5. At the end of the play, we learn of the death of two minor characters. Who are they, and how do we learn of their death?

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

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

8. How does Hamlet avoid going to England?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 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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