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. How does Hamlet manage to avoid his fate in England?

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

3. How does Laertes die?

4. When Hamlet visits his mother in her room in Act 3, Scene 4, he speaks very harshly to his mother. What makes him stop?

5. As Gertrude lays flowers at Ophelia's grave, what does she say?

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

7. In Act 4, Scene 3, what does Claudius reveal to the audience about his plans for Hamlet in England?

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

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

10. How does Hamlet avoid going to England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the start of the play, Hamlet is mourning his father's death and his mother's hasty re-marriage. It is hard to remember, sometimes, that Hamlet has actually lost something else quite valuable: the throne. Hamlet never consistently expresses unhappiness at losing the throne, though he is reassured he can have it after Claudius's death. How would the play be different if Hamlet wanted to kill Claudius to gain control of the kingdom?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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