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 Ophelia after her father's death?

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

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Whose burial does Hamlet witness in Act 5?

2. 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?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. How does Hamlet avoid going to England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sigmund Freud put forward the idea of the "Oedipus complex," based on the character of Oedipus from Greek tragedy. Freud also asserted that Hamlet has a serious Oedipus complex. Research the idea of the Oedipus complex and write an essay in which you do the following:

-- Explain what the Oedipus complex is.

-- State whether or not you think Hamlet has an Oedipus complex.

-- Support your view with information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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