When Hamlet’s father says the the hour has almost come “when i to sulphurous & tormenting flames must render up myself,” what does he mean? Purgatory
The ghost of King Hamlet as he appears in Act 1 Scene 1 He was wearing “the vey armor he had on when he he ambitious Norway combated”
Why is Hamlet so angry with his mother in Act 1 Scene 2? He can’t believe that she remarried so soon after her husband’s death, o her husbands brother
What does Laertes want permission from the new king Claudius to do? Return to France
The Ghost revealed to Hamlet that he was murdered; how is that Hamlets father was killed? His brother Claudius poured poison into his ear while he slept
What famous quote from Hamlet appears near the end of Act 1? There are more things in heaven and earth Horatio than are dreamt of in your philosophy
What vow does Hamlet Marcellus & Horatio swear in Scene 5? That they will never make known what they have seen that night
Who utters the famous line, “something is rotten in the state of Denmark”? Marcellus
In Scene 2, where does Hamlet tell Horatio that he has seen his father? In his “minds eye”
What do Horatio & Marcellus decide to do about the appearance of the ghost by the end of Scene 1? Describe to Prince Hamlet what they have seen
Which best identifies Rosencrantz & Guildenstern? They are friends of Hamlet’s youth who have been sent for by the king
What did Ophelia do regarding Hamlet at her fathers command? “I did repel his letters & denied his access to me”
What does Polonius tell the queen when they speak in 2:2? “I will be brief. You noble son is mad”
Why is it that the group of “local players” are not held in the same estimation as when they were in the city? Because “an eyrie of children,” or child actors on the stage, had become all the rage in the theatre
What scene, from literature that we’ve read this semester, does Hamlet recall from Memory? Pyrrhus on the hunt for Priam during the fall of Troy
What task does Polonius want Reynaldo to perform? He wants Reynaldo to find out how Laertes is acting in Paris
How does Hamlet respond when Polonius asks “do you know me, my lord”? “Excellent well; you are a fish monger”
What will Hamlet do while the play, with his added section included, is performed in front of the court? He’ll watch King Claudius & “observe his looks…if he but blench I’ll know my course”. It is his goal to “catch the conscience of the king”
When Hamlet says “that great baby you see there is not yet out of his swaddling clouts” to whom is he referring? Polonius
What play does Hamlet want the player to perform? The Murder of Gonzago
What specific incident makes Gertrude think Hamlet is in “ecstasy” or out of his mind? Hamlet speaks to the ghost, who is invisible to Gertrude
What is King Claudius doing when Hamlet enters his chamber in 3:3? Kneeling & praying
What does Hamlet say right before he stabs Polonius? “How now! A rat! Dead, for a ducat, dead!”
According to Hamlet’s famous “to be or not to be” soliloquy, what is it that “doth make cowards of us all”? Conscience
What does Hamlet say to Rosencrantz & Guildenstern regarding the musical instrument of the recorder? “Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe?”
What is this play called, according to Hamlet? The Mousetrap
When Polonius was an actor at the university, what role did he once take? Julius Caesar
Quote from Hamlet about Rosencrantz & Guildenstern near the end of Act III “My two school fellow whom I will trust as I will adders fanged”
What is Gertrude’s response when Hamlet asks “madam how like you this play”? “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”
Quote from Hamlet to Ophelia “Get the to a nunnery”
Who receives a letter from Hamlet in 4:6? Horatio
One reason Claudius won’t prosecute Hamlet for the death of Polonius is because he can’t bring pain to Gertrude, who “lives almost by his looks”. What is the other reason as Claudius tells Laertes in Act IV? The “gender-gender”, or common people, bear great love toward Hamlet & bringing up charges against Hamlet would only “revert back” to Claudius bow. In other words, backfire on him.
When King Claudius asks, “now Hamlet, where’s Polonius?” how does Hamlet reply? “At supper”
What plan do Laertes & Claudius devise to make Hamlet’s death look like an accident? Laertes will stab him with a poisoned foil while they are fencing
What does the captain tell Hamlet about the land that Norway & Poland will fight over? It’s “a little patch of ground that hath in it no profit but the name”
What is it that makes Laertes say “O heat, dry up my brains! Tears seven times salt, burn out the sense & virtue of mine eye!” He sees his crazed sister, Ophelia
The death of Ophelia, as it is narrated by Gertrude in 4:7? In her distracted mental state, she fell “into the weeping brook” & then drowned as her clothing, “heavy with drink,” weighed her down.
What is sealed in the letters that Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are carrying with them to England? Hamlet’s death warrant
According to the gentleman, what is the “rabble” shouting in 4:5? “Laertes shall be king”
What famous lines does Claudius the king utter about sorrows in Act IV? “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions”
What sentiment does Gertrude express when she scatters flowers in 5:1? She hoped the flowers would have “bedecked” the “bride-bed” of Ophelia; instead, she scatters them on her grave
How do Rosencrantz & Guildenstern die? They are executed upon arrival in England; Hamlet changed the orders on the paperwork that originally carried the order of his own death
The 1st Clown says he became sexton, or grave digger, on the “very day that young Hamlet was born.” He says “I have been sexton here, man & boy, Thirty years”
What occupation did Yorick have? Court jester
At the end of the play, how does Fortinbras tell the “four captains” to “bear” Hamlet’s body? Like a soldier
Describe Osric The messenger Claudius sends to Hamlet to inform him about the proposed fencing match with Laertes; he speaks with affected, stilted language that Hamlet mocks
What does Laertes say to Hamlet right before he dies? “Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet”
Who says these famous lines after Hamlet dies “good night sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”? Horatio
Quote from Hamlet “The cat will mew, and dog will have his day”
How does Hamlet die? He is stabbed by Laertes with the rapier that has poison on the end

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