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

2. After he leaves the ship, how will Hamlet make his way back to Elsinore?

3. Hamlet's mother tries to leave the room during their conversation in Act 3, Scene 4, but Hamlet stops her and says she cannot leave until he does what?

4. In the letter that the sailors deliver in Act 4, Scene 6, it says: "when thou shalt have overlooked this, give these fellows some means to the king: they have letters for him." What is the writer of the letter asking?

5. Where does Claudius want the body of Hamlet's first victim to be taken?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Whose burial does Hamlet witness in Act 5?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shakespeare is well known for adding comic characters to his most serious plays. In Hamlet, these characters may include Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Osric, and the gravediggers. Choose one or two of these characters/pairs of characters. Identify how they add comic relief to the script and at what point in the action does Shakespeare include them. How is that scene changed by having humor included?

Essay Topic 3

Choose a relatively minor character, such as Horatio, and make an argument about why that character is vital to the plot and themes of Hamlet. Choose wisely; some characters will make this essay easier than others.

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