Hamlet Review

What three characters attend the university Hamlet attends? Horatio, Rosencratz and Guildenstern
What poison does Claudius use to kill his brother? Hebonon/Hebona
What kind of weapon is a foil? A weapon used in fencing for beginners.
Who are killed in England? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
At what time did the ghost first appear? He appears in ACT 1, scene 1. In the first page of the book.
How does Gertrude explain Hamlet’s murder of Polonius? “Mad as the sea and wind when both contend which is the mightier. In his lawless fit, behind the arras hearing something stir, whips out his rapier, cries ‘A rat, a rat!’And in this brainish apprehension kills the unseen good old man.
How did Ophelia die? She was picking flowers and fell in, and didn’t do anything to stop from sinking; she sunk from her weighed down clothes while holding flowers and singing.
Who are Claudius’ bodyguards? Marcellus, Bernardo and Francisco
According to Polonius, what is the “soul of wit”? Brevity ( It means that a good piece of writing, or a good speech, should be brief and concise)
When Hamlet speaks of “to be, or not to be” what solution is he considering? Suicide
What is the “unction of a mountebank”? A quack doctor
What is Claudius doing when Hamlet has a perfect opportunity to kill him? Praying
How is the ghost dressed when it appears to Hamlet? In armor, prepared for battle
How does Gertrude die? She drinks the poisoned wine
How does Claudius poison the wine meant for Hamlet? With a pearl
Why does Hamlet remember Yorick? He was the king’s jester
What does the word “feign” mean? simulated or pretended
How does Claudius die? Hamlet stabs him with the poisoned blade and then forces him to drink the rest of the poison.
As the play opens, what country threatens Denmark with invasion? Norway
How long has Yorik been dead? 23 years
Whom does Laertes first suspect of Polonius’s murder? Claudius
According to Hamlet, what is the name of a play-within-a-play? The Mousetrap
What is meant by a “sword unbated”? Sharpened sword
Who says “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”? Marcellus
What university does Hamlet attend? Wittenberg
When the play opens, how many times has the ghost of the late king appeared to the watchmen? Two nights before.
What color are Hamlet’s clothes? Black
Where is Polonius when he is killed? Hiding behind a curtain
Where did Claudius pour the poison with which he killed his brother? In his brother’s ear
How is Hamlet related, by blood, to Claudius? uncle
Who do people cry should be the king? Laertes
Whose death does Laertes hope to avenge in his contest with Hamlet? His father’s
Who fights in Ophelia’s grave? Laertes and Hamlet
Who is told to provide “more matter, with less art”? Polonius
Who scatters flowers on Ophelia’s grave? Gertrude

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