Hamlet Act 1 Questions

Where does the play take place (include the name of the country and the name of the castle)? Denmark at the Elsinore castle
As the play opens, Horatio joins Bernardo and Marcellus at their night watch. Why hasHoratio joined them? Horatio has joined them because Bernardo and Marcellus have seen a ghost,Horatio doesn’t believe them so they bring him to see the ghost.
In line 73, how does Horatio interpret the appearance of the Ghost? He saw that the ghost had a fair and warlike form, similar to the form of the dead King Hamlet of Denmark.
What three questions does Marcellus raise? 1) why does it only come at midnight?2) why are we making weapons?3) why are ship makers working all the time?
In a long speech (ll. 84111), Horatio answers Marcellus. Summarize briefly the events that have led to preparations for war. King Hamlet, who is now dead, fought against the King of Norway, Fortinbras and won. As a result, King Hamlet, took over some of Norway’s land and also killed Fortinbras. Fortinbras’ son, Fortinbras has come to age and wants his father’s land back. He has created an army and wants to invade Denmark because he thinks they are still unstable because of the green death of King Hamlet.
In ll. 131142, what three reasons does Horatio list for the superstition of a ghost’s returning from the grave? – The ghost may need help- To tell them where a treasure is- To give away a future event dealing with Denmark
Why do Horatio and Marcellus decide to tell Hamlet about the Ghost? They believe that the ghost will talk to hamlet. They think it will talk to himbecause they believe the ghost is hamlet’s father
What news does King Claudius announce at the opening of Scene 2 (ll. 814) His marriage to Gertrude.
Why does Claudius send Cornelius and Voltimand to Norway? (ll. 2639) He sends them to Norway to talk to the son Fortinbras’ uncle to get him to stophis nephew’s plans of war.
What is Laertes’ request and Claudius’ response? Laertes’ wants to leave and go to France, Claudius grants him.
What bothers Claudius and Gertrude about Hamlet’s clothing? Hamlet is still wearing all black, and he is mourning over his father’s death.
Why does Claudius want Hamlet to remain at court? Claudius is afraid Hamlet might lead a coup against him or a foreign enemy might persuade him into a plot to overthrow him.
About how long has Hamlet’s father been dead? 2 months
Explain why Hamlet says, “Frailty, thy name is woman!” (l. 146)? Hamlet says this quote toward his mother because of his mother getting marriedso quickly. Sees her as weak because she moved on to his Uncle right after herhusband died.
At the end of Scene two, what is Hamlet’s plan? To see if the ghost will appear and talk to him
What does Laertes say must govern Hamlet’s marriage choice? Hamlet must make a marriage choice to benefit his country, might have an arranged marriage with someone of his class
Why does Laertes warn his sister Ophelia not to place too much hope in Hamlet’s attentions to her (ll. 2938)? Laertes warns his sister that Hamlet is part of the royal family and he might put the happiness of his subjects above her. Also, that he might not care about Ophelia.
What advice does Ophelia in turn give to Laertes? Practice what you preach
Polonius to Laertes: “Give thy thoughts no tongue,/Nor any unproportioned thought his act.” Don’t say what you’re thinking, and don’t be too quick to act on what youthink.
Polonius to Laertes: “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice,” Listen to all men, but talk to few
Polonius to Laertes: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be,/For loan oft loses both itself andfriend,…” Don’t borrow or lend money, because often times when you lend to afriend, you often lose the friendship as well as the money
What are Polonius’s instructions to Ophelia about Hamlet? He says not to trust Hamlet’s promises and to stay away from him
Why does Hamlet denounce the custom of drunken celebration? The custom of drunken celebration could open Denmark to criticism from other countries. Also he thinks they should not be celebrating right now since the King just died and it would be rude to his memory.
According to Hamlet, what can be the effects of a “vicious mole of nature” (line 24) upon an individual? The effects of a vicious mole of nature is like a birth defect or some weird habit or compulsion that changes the individual completely. A tiny spot of evil in a person could ruin their reputation
Why, according to Marcellus, is “something…rotten in the state of Denmark”? He believes that Denmark is full of moral and political corruption.
What happens at the end of Scene four? The ghost walks away with Hamlet to talk and Horatio and Marcellus follow them
In lines 3541, what does the Ghost reveal as the public’s knowledge of his death? The ghost reveals to Hamlet that a serpent stung him, and the serpent turns out to be his brother, Claudius. He says that the public of Denmark knows a lie about his death, they were told a lie.
What does the Ghost reveal about the manner of his death (ll. 6080)? The Ghost reveals that Claudius snuck up on him at an unsuspicious time, andpoured a vial of cursed hemlock into his ear. It went through his body/ bloodstream very quickly and then curdled his blood and made him leper like
In lines 8389, what three requests does the Ghost make of Hamlet? The ghost asks Hamlet to make sure the royal bed of Denmark does not have incest in it, which means to stop the queen and new king from having sex. Also, he asks Hamlet to kill Claudius but spare the Queen, to just leave her for heaven.
In his second soliloquy (ll. 93113), what does Hamlet say will dominate his mind from henceforth? his uncle and mother having sex, and her betraying his father
How does Hamlet behave with Horatio and Marcellus after seeing the ghost? He acts weird
In lines 178181, what does Hamlet imply he may decide to do? He’s going to pretend to go crazy
What future events does Act One prepare us to anticipate in the relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia? in Hamlet’s behavior? – Act one prepares us to anticipate that Hamlet and Ophelia will begin to fight and distant.- Hamlet will begin to act crazy.

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