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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. When Laertes returns after his father's death, what do the common people say about him?
2. What does Ophelia she say about the herb rosemary?
3. How does Laertes die?
4. When Hamlet first sees Laertes in the graveyard scene, what does Hamlet say about him?
5. At the start of Act 4, Scene 4, the audience finally sees a character that has been talked about since the start of the play. Who is this character?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Hamlet hears about Fortinbras and his attacks on Poland, what does he say about Fortinbras and about himself?
2. Hamlet calls Rosencrantz and Guildenstern "a sponge." Why does he say that?
3. What plan do Laertes and Claudius come up with in Act 4, Scene 7 to kill Hamlet?
4. After Polonius's death, Ophelia comes to see Gertrude. What do we learn about Ophelia in that scene?
5. 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?
6. List the major characters who die during the last scene of the play.
7. When Claudius hears about Polonius's death, what is his first thought?
8. Who is Yorick, and why does he come up in Act 5?
9. In Act 4, Scene 5, Claudius is almost overthrown by a violent mob. Who does the mob want to be king in his place?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
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?
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