Hamlet

Where is Elsinore in Act 1, Scene 1 Denmark
What time of day is it when the play starts Late at night
Who does the ghost in Act 1, Scene 1 look like The king who just died
What country did the late king go to battle against Norway
Who is Horatio Hamlet’s friend
What is the weather like at the beginning of the play Very cold
What is the Prince of Norway’s name Fortinbras
Who is Cladius Hamlet’s uncle and the new king
What is Hamlet’s mothers name Gertrude
Which two characters is Laertes related to Polonius and Ophelia
During the first soliloquy, what does Hamlet say about his mother She forgot his father too quickly
Who is Ophelia Daughter of Polonius, sister of Laertes
Who is Ophelia in love with Hamlet
What does Polonius tell Laertes about borrowing money Do not borrow or lend money
What does Polonius say is the most important thing for Laertes to remember as he leaves Elsinore Be true to yourself
In Act 1, Scene 3, where is Laertes going Back to college
When he is giving Laertes advice, what does Polonius say about his friends Keep your good friends close to you
As Hamlet and the others wait to see the ghost in Act 1, Scene 4, what do they hear in the distance Trumpets being blown and ordinance being fired
What is the king doing during Act 1, Scene 4 Drinking and celebrating
As they wait for the ghost, Hamlet describes the King’s nightly tradition. What does Hamlet think about this tradition It makes the Danes look bad to other countries
How does Hamlet react when he sees the ghost for the first time He is startled, but he tries to talk to it
When Hamlet first sees the ghost, what does he call it King, father, royal Dane
What does the ghost do to Hamlet in Act 1, Scene 4 Beckons him to follow
When Hamlet and his friends first see the ghost, what do Hamlet’s friends tell him to do Do not go with the ghost
Does Hamlet think the ghost will harm him No
What does Horatio say the ghost might do to Hamlet Drive him crazy
Once Hamlet follows the ghost, what do Hamlet’s friends decide to do Follow Hamlet and the ghost
ACT 1, SCENE 5 *The ghost speaks to Hamlet and identifies itself as his father’s spirit*The ghost walks by night and is tortured by day*The ghost asks Hamlet to avenge his murder*The ghost explains that he was murdered by Claudius.*As the late King slept in the garden, Claudius poured poison into his ear*Claudius also seduced Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude*Hamlet swears to avenge his father’s murder
Who does the ghost claim to be Hamlet’s father
When the ghost first speaks to Hamlet, how does it describe its experience It walks at night and is tortured by day
What shocking news does the ghost deliver to Hamlet in Act 1, Scene 5 Claudius killed Hamlet’s father
What is the public explanation of the last king’s death He was stung by a serpent
What is the real reason for the last king’s death Poison poured in his ear
During the first conversation, what does the ghost tell Hamlet about his mother Do not blame her for what happened
In Act 1, Scene 5, what does the ghost ask Hamlet to do Get revenge
What does Hamlet tell his friends about his meeting with the ghost He tells them nothing
After his first meeting with the ghost, what does Hamlet ask his friends to do Keep his secret
At the end of the first act, what does Hamlet warn his friends he might do Pretend to be crazy
After hearing Ophelia’s description of Hamlet, what reason does Polonius suggest for Hamlet’s strange behavior Hamlet is mad with love for Ophelia
After listening to Ophelia’s description of Hamlet, Polonius believes he has found the explanation for Hamlet’s behavior. What does he decide to do next Tell the King
What does Polonius ask Reynaldo to give to his son Money and written notes
Who are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Hamlet’s old friends
After welcoming them to Elsinore, what does Claudius ask Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to do Cheer Hamlet up and find out what is wrong with him
What message do the ambassadors bring Claudius back from Norway Fortinbras will attack Poland, not Denmark
ACT 3, SCENE 1 *Claudius, Gertrude, and Polonius consult with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern about Hamlet’s condition. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are unsure of Hamlet, but doubt that he is actually crazy.*Claudius is glad to hear that Hamlet is excited about the players and he and Gertrude agree to see the play.*Claudius and Polonius hide and eavesdrop on Hamlet and Ophelia.*Hamlet gives the “To be or not to be” speech, in which he once again considers committing suicide. *Ophelia, following her father’s instructions, tries to return the love tokens Hamlet gave her, but Hamlet claims that he never gave her anything.*Hamlet berates Ophelia, telling her to enter a nunnery and musing on the general faithlessness of women. His behavior and speech are so strange that Ophelia believes he is crazy.*Claudius is not convinced that Ophelia is the cause of Hamlet’s bad behavior. If things do not improve, Claudius wants to send Hamlet to England.*Polonius still thinks Ophelia is the cause of Hamlet’s madness. He makes arrangements for Hamlet to visit his mother’s chamber after the play, where he can eavesdrop on him again.
What is the main idea of Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” speech Hamlet is thinking about killing himself
After telling Ophelia to get to a nunnery, what does Hamlet say about marriage We shall have no more marriage
Hamlet makes an ominous statement about married people: “Those that are married already, all but one, shall live.” What does that mean and who is he talking about Everyone who is currently married will stay alive, except one person: Claudius
After watching Hamlet and Ophelia together in Act 3, Scene 1, what does Claudius decide to do with Hamlet Send him to England
Polonius asks Claudius to arrange for Hamlet to go somewhere after the play’s performance. Where is Hamlet supposed to go To see his mother
What does Hamlet ask Horatio to do during the play’s performance Watch Claudius and see if he reacts to the play
Ophelia comes to watch the play. Before the play begins, how does Hamlet act towards her He flirts with her and makes suggestive remarks
When the play shows a king being poisoned, how does the current king, Claudius, react He is upset and leaves before the play ends
After the play is performed, what do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ask Hamlet to do Go see his mother
After the play is performed, what does Polonius ask Hamlet to do Go see the queen
When Claudius reacts to the play, what does Hamlet say in response “What, frighted with false fire!”
What does Hamlet mean when he says “I will speak daggers to her, but use none.” He will speak harshly and honestly to Gertrude, but will not hurt her
ACT 3, SCENE 3 *Claudius speaks to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. He claims that Hamlet’s madness is now dangerous and he asks them to accompany Hamlet to England. They agree*Polonius reminds Claudius that he is planning to eavesdrop on Hamlet and Gertrude, then leaves Claudius alone*Claudius begins to pray. He regrets having murdered the last king, but he cannot bring himself to give up the rewards that murder has brought him–namely, the Queen and the throne — so he can’t really ask for forgiveness.*Hamlet finds Claudius praying and sees it as an opportunity to kill him.*Hamlet realizes that if he kills Claudius while Claudius prays, Claudius will go to heaven. Since Hamlet’s father was killed without the benefit of prayer or confession, his soul is now being tortured. Hamlet decides to wait until Claudius sins and then kill him, so he will experience the same fate.*Claudius, unaware of Hamlet and how near he was to death, expresses his frustration that he cannot even pray any more–while he says the words of prayer, his mind stays focused on earthly things
After witnessing Hamlet’s behavior during the play, what does Claudius say about his condition Hamlet is crazy and dangerous
Once left alone on stage in Act 3, Scene 3, what does Claudius express guilt about Killing his brother
As Claudius speaks about his guilt in Act 3, Scene 3, what does he say about repenting He cannot repent because he still has the crown and the queen — the two things he did the murder for
Claudius says his crime “hath the primal eldest curse upon’t.” What does he mean A brother’s murder is an especially bad crime
Hamlet enters about halfway through Act 3, Scene 3. When he comes in, what is Claudius doing Praying
On his way to see his mother in Act 3, Scene 3, Hamlet finds Claudius. What does Hamlet decide not to do in that scene Kill him
Hamlet says of Claudius: “He took my father grossly, full of bread; With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May.” What does Hamlet mean by that Claudius killed Hamlet’s father before Hamlet’s father could repent his sins
What specific thing does Hamlet determine Claudius must do before Hamlet can murder him Commit a sin so Hamlet can send his soul to hell
What does Claudius say in Act 3, Scene 3 about his own thoughts and words He says the right words, but they do not reach heaven because his thoughts are on earth
When Hamlet and his mother finally talk in Gertrude’s room, she says “Hamlet, thou hast thy father mush offended.” Hamlet responds, “Mother, you have my father much offended.” Why is that dialogue important Gertrude is talking about Claudius, but Hamlet is talking about the dead king
Who does Hamlet kill in his mother’s room Polonius
When Hamlet visits his mother in her room in Act 3, Scene 4, he speaks very harshly to his mother. What makes him stop The ghost appears
When Hamlet leaves his mother’s room in Act 3, Scene 4, what does he take with him The dead body of Polonius
ACT 4, SCENE 1 *Gertrude tells Claudius that she is convinced Hamlet is mad.She also tells him that Hamlet has killed Polonius.*Claudius’s first reaction reveals that he is more concerned with himself than with Gertrude or Polonius.*Claudius sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to find Hamlet and get the body away from him.
After talking to Hamlet in her room, what does Gertrude say about Hamlet He is crazy
Who is Gertrude truly loyal to Claudius
What does Claudius ask Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to do, after learning that Hamlet has committed murder Get the body from Hamlet
How does Hamlet act after he has killed someone He does not seem sorry for his crime
When he is asked where his first victim’s body is, what does Hamlet do He answers with a riddle
While explaining Hamlet’s crime to his courtiers, why does Claudius say he has to be gentle with Hamlet The people of Denmark love him
After the murder, Claudius tells Hamlet to leave right away. Where should Hamlet go England
At the start of Act 4, Scene 4, the audience finally sees a character that has been talked about since the beginning of the play. Who is this character Fortinbras
What message is the Norwegian Captain supposed to deliver to Claudius in Act 4, Scene 4 The armies of Norway want passage through Denmark
Who are the Norwegian soldiers attacking Poland
What are the Norwegian soldiers fighting over A little piece of worthless land
Watching the troops attacking, Hamlet decides that he is less of a man than their leader. Why does he say that He has a better reason to fight than the leader, but he does not fight
In Act 4, Scene 4, while watching the troops and reflecting on his own behavior, what does Hamlet promise about his future actions They will be bloody
What happens to Ophelia after her father’s death She goes crazy
When Laertes returns after his father’s death, what do the common people say about him They want to make him king
When Laertes returns after his father’s death, what does he want Revenge on the people responsible for his father’s death
Some sailors arrive at Elsinore from a pirate ship in Act 4, Scene 6. Who do they deliver a letter to Horatio
The sailors from the pirate ships deliver letters to Elsinore.Who are the letters from Hamlet
ACT 4, SCENE 7 *Laertes asks Claudius why he has not avenged Polonius’s death. Claudius claims he cannot harm Hamlet because Gertrude would be upset, as would the common people of Denmark. *News is brought that Hamlet is back in Denmark. Claudius asks Laertes to obey him and assures Laertes he will help avenge Polonius’s death.*Claudius offers to arrange a duel between Hamlet and Laertes in which Laertes can fight with a poisoned sword so that a scratch will kill Hamlet. They will have poisoned wine as a back-up plan.*News is brought that Ophelia has died, apparently a suicide.
Claudius tells Laertes there are two reasons why he has not ordered Hamlet killed.What are those reasons Because Gertrude loves him and the common people love him
Claudius suggests a duel between Laertes and Hamlet,but that type of duel usually is not deadly.What does Claudius suggest they do to injure Hamlet Fix Laertes’s sword so it is sharp
Laertes comes up with another idea to make sure his duel with Hamlet will result in Hamlet’s death.What is it? Poison the tip of the sword
What additional method does Claudius suggest so that even if Hamlet wins the duel with Laertes,Hamlet will still die? Give Hamlet a poisoned drink
As Laertes and Claudius discuss how to kill Hamlet,what news does Gertrude bring? Ophelia has died by drowning
What do the gravediggers say about Ophelia’s burial? If she is a suicide,so she should not be buried in the churchyard
ACT 5,SCENE 2 *Laertes and Hamlet duel. The swords switch hands and both men are poisoned by it.*Gertrude drinks the poisoned wine by mistake and dies.*Hamlet kills Claudius.*Horatio claims he wants to die, but Hamlet asks him to stay alive and tell the story of what has happened.*Fortinbras arrives and asks his soldiers to salute the noble dead prince.
How does Gertrude die? She drinks poisoned wine meant for hamlet.
How does Laertes die? Hamlet kills him with a poisoned sword.
How does Claudius die? He is forced to drink poisoned wine and is stabbed with a poisoned sword.
What happens to Horatio at the end of the play? He wants to kill himself, but Hamlet asks him to live.
At the end of the play, who will rule Denmark? Fortinbras

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