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

3. After witnessing Hamlet kill someone, Gertrude hurries to find Claudius. Who is he talking to when she comes in?

4. What happens to Horatio at the end of the play?

5. Who does Hamlet kill in his mother's room?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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, Ophelia comes to see Gertrude. What do we learn about Ophelia in that scene?

8. In the last scene of Act 3, Polonius is killed. At the end of the scene, what happens to his body?

9. List the major characters who die during the last scene of the play.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

There are so many characters in a Shakespeare play that it is sometimes easy to lose track of them. Find a scene in which an important character is mostly silent -- for example, the scene where Polonius and Claudius spy on Hamlet and Ophelia. Why is that character still in the scene? How is the audience's sense of the scene changed by knowing that character is present? How does the character make its silent presence felt?

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