Hamlet Quizzes

Why has Hamlet been called home at the beginning of the play? Father’s funeral
Describe what Hamlet’s character seems to have been like before his father’s death. Childlike
What seems to have caused the change in his personality? Father’s death, mother’s incest
According to Mack, Hamlet will face four problems as he grows. What is the first problem he faces? Man’s divided nature
What does Hamlet discover about man’s divided nature? All contains evil
Much is made in the play about what “seems” and what “is”. What are some examples of what seems to be the case and what is? Mourning, Ghost, Ophelia, King
What is the second problem Hamlet faces? Separating appearances from reality
How does the play “The Murder of Gonzago”, or what seems, reflect what is? Actor seems, king is.
What is Hamlet’s third problem? Contamination
How has Hamlet been contaminated by the evil around him? Uses world’s weapons and adopts its facade
What is the final problem Hamlet faces? Death
According to Mack, what is the purpose of the graveyard scene before Hamlet’s duel with Laertes? He faces death of strangers, friends, and self.
Why does Hamlet refer to Alexander the Great in the graveyard? Great and common both face death.
How does Ophelia’s death and burial confirm what Hamlet recognizes in the graveyard? All face death
What is “the last garden” and who calls it that? Gravedigger applies to graveyard
What does “the readiness is all” refer to? Whole of human situations
How has Hamlet proved “most royal”? Carried out father’s command, and carried out challenges of his life.
According to Mack, what seems to be the purpose of the final scene with Fortinbras after Hamlet’s death? Man as royal; not merely dust
What was King Hamlet’s occupation? Moyer
Where was Shakespeare born? Stratford
What foreign language would Shakespeare have learned in elementary school? Latin
Approximately how old was Shakespeare when he wrote Hamlet? 30
How is the play connected to Shakespeare’s son who died? Name Hamlet
When was Hamlet first performed? 1601
What do we call a play that calls upon a son to avenge his father’s death? Revenge play
What is Hamlet’s task in the play? Avenge father
What is a soliloquy? A character speaks his thoughts aloud to sort them out
How did Elizabethans view suicide? Forbidden
Where are copies of the three oldest sources for Hamlet located? British Library
What is Hamlet’s plan to expose the King? Murder of Gonzago
Why doesn’t Hamlet kill Claudius when he encounters Claudius after the play? He is praying
Who does Hamlet think he is killing in his mother’s bedroom? King
What did the word closet mean during Shakespeare’s time? private office
Who suggested Hamlet was in love with his mother? Froyd
How does Ophelia die? Drowns
What is unique about Yorick’s skull that Tennant used in his production? It was willed to be used for that purpose
What are the 3 parts or movements in the play? Ghost, Detective, Revenge
How did Elizabethans view Gertrude’s marriage to Claudius? Incestuous
What is the climax of the ghost story? Ghost beckons Hamlet
How did King Hamlet, according to the ghost? Poisoned
What question does Hamlet face after the ghost scene? Honorable ghost
Why did Hamlet feign madness? Discover truth
What does the king want Rosencrantz and Gildenstern to do? Discover why Hamlet feigns madness
How did Hamlet use the traveling actors to help him unravel the mystery? Play
Why does Claudius send Hamlet to England? Why does the plan fail? To be killed; Hamlet escapes
Why is Laertes so easily used by Claudius? Grief, anger
How is Claudius using Laertes? To kill Hamlet
How does Gertrude die? Drinks poison
What is Hamlet’s last request of Horatio? To tell his story
In what three ways is poison used in this play? Kill king, play, final scene
Why were men and women of “high estate: considered more important to the Elizabethans? Power was God-given
Explain the metaphor of the King and the sun that Elizabethan would understand. Life-giving center
What does Polonius’s advice to Laertes reveal about his character? shallow
What does Laertes’s advice to Ophelia reveal about his character? Little faith in honor of other men
How does Gertrude violate her role as queen? incest
How does Claudius violate his duty or role as King? deceit
Why does Hamlet admire Fortinbras? Courage
What did conscience mean in Elizabethan times? Ability to think
What does conscience mean in the modern sense? Moral scruples
What is the cause of the disease that infects Denmark? Poison
What does Mach mean by the ferm “spiritual poison” when referring to the play? Greed, lust, cruelty

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