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 happens to Horatio at the end of the play?

2. When Laertes returns after his father's death, what does he want?

3. What additional method does Claudius suggest so that even if Hamlet wins the duel with Laertes, Hamlet will still die?

4. In Act 4, scene 4, while watching the troops and reflecting on his own behavior, what does Hamlet promise about his future actions?

5. What do the gravediggers say about Ophelia's burial?

Short Essay Questions

1. Whose burial does Hamlet witness in Act 5?

2. When Claudius hears about Polonius's death, what is his first thought?

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Gertrude and Ophelia, focusing on the following points:

-- To what extent is each of them a victim of what happens?

-- To what extent does each of them cause what happens?

-- Does Gertrude affect Hamlet's relationship with Ophelia? If so, how? Does Ophelia affect Hamlet's relationship with Gertrude? If so, how?

-- How do the other men in the play treat Gertrude and Ophelia? How does that contribute to our overall sense of them? Focus specifically on the ghost, Claudius, Laertes, and Polonius.

-- Does it matter that these are essentially the only two female characters in the play? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Shakespeare uses foreshadowing to prepare his audience for the very bloody end of the play. Identify specific examples from the first four acts of the script.

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