Whom does Polonius send to france to spy on Laertes? Reynaldo
Where does the ghost appear during the play? The castle ramparts and Gertrude’s bedchamber
How does Claudius murder Old Hamlet? Pouring poison into his ear
Where is the university that Horatio and Hamlet study at? Wittenberg, or Germany
Whose skull does Hamlet find in the churchyard? the former court jester’s skull
Which character cannot see the ghost? Gertrude
Who escorts Hamlet on the voyage to England? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Where do Hamlet and Laertes fight during Ophelia’s funeral? Inside the actual grave
Which characters survive in the play? Fortinbras, Horatio, and Osric
What does Hamlet claim to be able to tell the difference between when the wind is from the south? A hawk and a handsaw
How does Ophelia die? she drowns
Whose store does Hamlet ask the players to tell upon their arrival to Elsinore? Gertrude and Claudius’s
Why (according to Polonius) has Hamlet gone mad? He is in love with Ophelia
Who is the last character to die in the play? Hamlet
How many characters die during the play? eight
Who speaks the “To be, or not to be” soliloquy? Hamlet
In what country do Rosencrantz and Guildernstern die? England
Why does Hamlet decide not to kill Claudius after the play “The Mouse Trap”? Claudius is praying
Who killed Fortinbras’s father? Hamlet
Which character speaks the first line of the play? Bernardo
Around what year was Hamlet written? 1610
Which of Claudius and Laertes’ traps for Hamlet succeeds in killing him? the poisoned sword
Who returns Hamlet to Denmark after his exile? a group of pirates
Why does the apparition appear in Gertrude’s chamber? to protect gertrude from hamlet’s excessive anger
Who poses a military threat to King Claudius at the play’s beginning? Fortinbras
Which character sees the ghost of Hamlet’s father first? Marcellus
Who says “Madness in great ones must not unwatch’d go.”? Claudius
Who tells Hamlet that Laertes has challenged him to a duel? Osric
How does Laertes die? Hamlet stabs him with a poisoned sword
Protagonist, Gertrude’s son, Claudius’s nephew, dies from a poisoned blade (Laertes fights him) Hamlet
Hamlet’s lover (later ex lover), dies from drowning in a river after going mad Ophelia
Hamlet’s mother, Claudius’s Wife, Queen, dies from drinking out of a poisned cup meant for Hamlet Gertrude
Ophelia’s father, Laertes’ father, dies when hiding from Hamlet in Gertrude’s bedchamber, Hamlet stabs him not knowing who he is Polonius
Ophelia’s brother, Polonius’ son, dies from a poisoned blade (stabbed by Hamlet) Laertes
Hamlet’s uncle/stepfather, Gertrudes second husband, New king, dies from being stabbed with a poisoned blade, forced to drink the rest of Gertrude’s poisoned wine (by Hamlet) Claudius
What country is Hamlet set in? Denmark
What drives the ghost offstage? a rooster’s crow
Why are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Denmark? to figure out why Hamlet is mad
Where does Hamlet say Ophelia should go? The nunnery
Where does the ghost say he wanders? Purgatory
Young Fortinbras says he is invading which country? Poland
What does Hamlet call Polonius? a fishmonger
What advice does Polonius give to Laertes? Few friends and be true
What is the “To be or not to be” soliloquy about? Hamlet contemplating suicide
What is the “Dram of evil” mean? even just a bit of evil in someone can turn them into evil overall

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