Hamlet Act 2

For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak / with most miraculous organ. HamletHimselfthinking to himself how to reveal Claudius’ actionsfacial expressions reveal the truth
Who is speaking to whom and what does the quote mean?”The play’s the thing / Wherin I’ll catch the conscience of the King” HamletHimselfafter he devised his strategy to find the truththe play will show on Claudius’ face whether he killed the king or not
Act 2 opens in a room in Polonius’ house, two months after_____ has seen his father’s ghost. Hamlet
Why does Polonius send Reynaldo to Paris? to spy on Laertes and gather information
What has Hamlet done that frightens Ophelia?Describe Hamlet’s appearance. Hamlet came into her room looking very out of sorts, almost like a ghost.no hat, unbuttoned shirt, dirty stockings around his ankles, pale/knees knocking together
What did Ophelia think was wrong with Hamlet? She is afraid Hamlet has gone mad due to his love for her…because she obeyed her father and wouldn’t see him and sent his letters back.
Why does Polonius go to see the King after the incident with Hamlet and Ophelia? to tell the king and queen he knows why Hamlet is ‘crazy’–he’s love crazed for Ophelia
Why has the King sent for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? to spend time with Hamlet and to see if they can get him to have some fun, and see if they can find out what’s bothering him.
To what causes does Gertrude attribute Hamlet’s “distemper” (insanity)? his father’s death and her marriage to Claudius
Which character brings Claudius news from Norway? Voltemand
What news does Voltemand bring from Norway? That the king of Norway thought his nephew, Fortinbras, had planned to attack Poland but found out he planned to attack Denmark.
What did Voltemand say the King of Norway did as a result of Fortinbras’s plan? The king ordered Fortinbras to be arrested
What was the result of the ‘arrest’ of Fortinbras? He promised to never threaten Denmark again. The king was so pleased he gave him money and permission to lead Norway’s troops into Poland.
What is the king of Norway’s state of age, health, and power? old and sick but still very powerful
What request does Norway make of Denmark? to march their troops through Denmark on the way to Poland
How did Claudius react to this news? He liked it. He thanked Voltemand for his efforts.
Who says that “Denmark’s a prison?” Hamlet
What is Polonius’ definition of madness? mad is mad
What does Gertrude mean when she says “more matter with less art”? stick to the point
To what does Polonius attribute Hamlet’s madness? Ophelia rejected Hamlet by not seeing him or accepting his messages or
Compare Hamlet’s conversation with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with his preceding conversation with Polonius. What do you conclude about Hamlet’s madness? he does not act crazy around them
Who are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? Hamlet’s childhood friends
Hamlet repeatedly questions Rosencrantz and Guildenstern about their reasons for visiting him. What does he finally get them to admit? that they were brought in to spy on him to determine his sanity
Hamlet is familiar with the players Rosencrantz mentions in line 301+. Why are these players traveling? they don’t get enough business in the city
According to Hamlet, what do those who used to make faces at Claudius do now? beg to paint portraits of him
Why does Polonius consider it significant that Hamlet brings of Jephthah and his daughter? Is he correct? he compares J to P because of their daughters — yes
After a flourish to announce the arriving actors, Hamlet says Claudius and Gertrude “are deceived.” In what way does he then say they are deceived?
Polonius interrupts the First Player’s speech by saying, “This is too long.” When the speech resumes, whom does the speaker describe as “mobbled”?
Hamlet asks the player to speak a speech from a play . What is the subject of that speech, which Hamlet begins and the Player King completes, and why is it significant? What does it indicate about Hamlet’s values and state of mind? murder
What play does Hamlet ask the players to perform on the following night? What does he want the player to add to it? The Murder of Gonzago a speech of 12-16 lines he composed
At the end of Act II, Hamlet explains his plan to have actors perform “something like the murder of my father before mine uncle.” For what reason does he make this plan?
With what famous words does Act II end? Why is this couplet important? The play’s the thingWherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king — it shows Hamlet’s plan for the next scene

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