Hamlet Act II Review

What did Polonius ask Reynaldo to do? Why? (Act II, scene i) He asked him to spy on Laertes; he wants to know if Laertes is having too much fun in France (“drinking, fencing, swearing, quarreling, drabbing”)
What did Polonius decide was the reason Hamlet has gone mad? (Act II, scene i) He thinks Hamlet is madly in love with Ophelia and she has denied him (following her father’s orders!)
What does Polonius decide to do to figure out what’s going on with Hamlet? Who does he pose this plan to? (Act II, scene ii) He is going to arrange for Ophelia to “run into” Hamlet and observe his actions; Claudius and Gertrude
What does Gertrude think is the source for Hamlet’s madness? (Act II, scene ii) Her fast marriage to Claudius (ew)
How will Hamlet “catch the conscience of the King?” (Act II, scene ii) He will have the players reenact the murder of the king on stage and watch Claudius’s reactions to see if he seems guilty
Who are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and what are they doing at Castle Elsinore? (Act II, scene ii) They are old school-friends of Hamlet’s; they have been summoned by the king and queen to spy on Hamlet and figure out why he is acting so strange
What does Hamlet figure out when he speaks with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? (Act II, scene ii) He figures out that they have been summoned by Claudius and Gertrude to spy on him
Who are “the players?” (Act II, scene ii) A travelling group of actors who have come to Elsinore to perform
What play does Hamlet ask the players to perform? (Act II, scene ii) ‘The Murder of Gonzago’
How does Ophelia determine that Hamlet has gone mad? (Act I, scene i) He comes into her room while she is sewing, dressed strangely, staring at her in a crazed manner and acts in an equally strange manner

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