Hamlet – Unit Test

When Hamlet says, “To be or not to be; that is the question…,” he is trying to decide whether to do or not do which of the following?a.) to kill himselfb.) to kill Claudiusc.) to avenge his father’s deathd.) all of the above a.) to kill himself
Hamlet says, “to die, to sleep–/ to sleep– perchance to dream: ay there’s the rub,/for in that sleep of death what dreams may come.” In these words, Hamlet describes what fears?a.) what lies beyond deathb.) what will happen to Claudius’ soul when he diesc.) fears his own nightmaresd.) fears to go to sleep a.) what lies beyond death
Why does Hamlet treat Ophelia so rudely in the scene where she returns his “remembrances?”a.) he is angry that she is breaking up with himb.) he knows they are being watchedc.) he dislikes all womend.) he doesn’t want her to be involved in his revenge b.) he knows they are being watched
King Claudius says he is sending Hamlet to England to collect the tribute England owes Denmark. What is the actual reason he wants to send Hamlet away?a.) Hamlet is insaneb.) Hamlet and Horation are too close to the truthc.) Claudius is jealous of Gertruded.) he suspects Hamlet knows too much d.) he suspects Hamlet knows too much
Who devises both the plan to hide and listen to Hamlet speak to Ophelia as well as when Hamlet speaks to Gertrude?a.) Poloniusb.) Claudiusc.) Laertesd.) Gertrude a.) Polonius
Gertrude says “the lady doth protest too much, methinks.” What does this reflect upon herself and her own position?a.) she does not like her present husbandb.) she did not like her past husbandc.) she has remarried so soon after her husband’s deathd.) she doubts the woman’s words, making Gertrude appear innocent d.) she doubts the woman’s words, making Gertrude appear innocent
How does Hamlet convince himself that the Ghost is telling the truth?a.) he watches his mother’s actionsb.) he watches the Queen’s reactions to the playc.) he arranges a play about the murder and watches Claudius’ reactiond.) he adds lines to an existing play and then accuses Claudius of the murder c.) he arranges a play about the murder and watches Claudius’ reaction
At what point does Claudius stop the play?a.) when Hamlet accuses him of killing his fatherb.) when Gertrude cries for him to stop the playc.) when the Player Queen is sleepingd.) when the Player King is poisoned d.) when the Player King is poisoned
When Hamlet asks Gu to “play upon this pipe,” he is tricking Gu by comparing himself, Hamlet, to a pipe or flute. What is the meaning of this metaphor?a.) Hamlet wants Gu to recognize the emotional decision Hamlet facesb.) Hamlet wants Horatio to play the guitarc.) Hamlet compares the strength of their friendship to musicd.) Hamlet is angry that Gu presumes he can so easily trick Hamlet into revealing his emotions d.) Hamlet is angry that Gu presumes he can so easily trick Hamlet into revealing his emotions
The comic nature of Hamlet’s dialogue with Polonius about the clouds looking first like a camel, then a weasel, and finally a whale serves which two purposes?a.) to reveal Polonius’ silly attempts at manipulation and hide Hamlet’s successful manipulationb.) to distract R and G from Poloniusc.) to encourage Polonius to recognize Claudius’ guiltd.) to reveal Claudius’ guilt and Hamlet’s love for Ophelia a.) to reveal Polonius’ silly attempts at manipulation and hide Hamlet’s successful manipulation
Whom does King Claudius entrust to take Hamlet to England?a.) Laertesb.) Horatioc.) Poloniusd.) R and G d.) R and G
Although he tries to pray for forgiveness, King Claudius cannot pray because:a.) he has not killed his brotherb.) he does not regret murdering his brotherc.) he does not want Hamlet to discover his crimed.) he does not regret gaining the throne and Gertrude by murdering his brother d.) he does not regret gaining the throne and Gertrude by murdering his brother
Hamlet misses his chance to kill King Claudius because he fears:a.) sending Claudius to heavenb.) committing murderc.) helld.) the Ghost a.) sending Claudius to heaven
Why does Hamlet kill Polonius?a.) he thinks he is killing Claudiusb.) he thinks he is killing Guc.) he is madd.) he is angry at Gertrude and reacts without thinking a.) he thinks he is killing Claudius
When Hamlet becomes so angry talking to his mother, who enters and calms him down?a.) Horatiob.) Claudiusc.) Poloniusd.) the Ghost d.) the Ghost
Whom does Hamlet describe when he says “this counselor/is now, most still, most secret, and most grave/who was in life a foolish prating knave?”a.) Horatiob.) Claudiusc.) Poloniusd.) the Ghost c.) Polonius
Which of the following represents a major motif of Hamlet?a.) Pipesb.) Ghostsc.) Dreamsd.) Murder c.) Dreams
What is Hamlet’s tragic flaw?a.) revengeb.) fearc.) trustd.) indecision d.) indecision
What marks the turning point or climax of the play?a.) when Hamlet misses his chance to escape Denmarkb.) when Hamlet misses his chance to kill Claudius while Claudius praysc.) when Hamlet kills R and Gd.) when Hamlet tricks Polonius b.) when Hamlet misses his chance to kill Claudius while Claudius prays
Hamlet’s reference to Rosencrantz as a sponge is:a.) an insultb.) a complimentc.) a challenged.) a neutral description a.) an insult
When the king asks Hamlet where Polonius’ body is, hamlet says “In heaven; send thither to see: if your messenger find him not there, seek him in the other place yourself.” The main point of the remark is that:a.) Polonius may be either in heaven or hellb.) Claudius’ messenger will not be allowed in heavenc.) Polonius will certainly be in helld.) Claudius will certainly go to hell d.) Claudius will certainly go to hell
Claudius tells Laertes he did not punish Hamlet for killing Polonius because he didn’t want to cause Gertrude grief and because:a.) Hamlet is blackmailing himb.) he wanted Laertes to have the chance to take revengec.) the common people love Hamletd.) he feared the effect it would have on Ophelia c.) the common people love Hamlet
Upon returning to Denmark, Laertes’ comment “I’ll not be juggled with:”a.) proves accurate in that no one can manipulate himb.) reveals the depth of Laertes’ self-knowledgec.) the common people love Hamletd.) he feared the effect it would have on Ophelia d.) he feared the effect it would have on Ophelia
Hamlet escapes from the ship him to England by:a.) tying up R and Gb.) jumping overboard and swimming to shorec.) boarding a pirate ship during a fight at sead.) bribing the ship’s captain to put him ashore c.) boarding a pirate ship during a fight at sea
Claudius proposes that Laertes have a fencing match with Hamlet. The proposal is dishonorable because:a.) the king plans to stab Hamlet from behind during the matchb.) the king plans to drug Hamlet during the match to slow his reactionsc.) Hamlet has never learned to fenced.) Laertes’ sword will be sharp, but Hamlet’s will be blunted d.) Laertes’ sword will be sharp, but Hamlet’s will be blunted
Laertes adds to the dishonorable nature of the proposed fencing match by suggesting that:a.) he be given a longer sword than Hamletb.) he dip his sword in poisonc.) Hamlet will be given a sword with a broken hiltd.) Hamlet will be given poisoned wine b.) he dip his sword in poison
Gertrude reports that Ophelia:a.) fell from a tree and broke her neckb.) drowned when she fell into a brook while hanging wreaths on a treec.) was struck by lightningd.) drowned when she threw herself into a brook b.) drowned when she fell into a brook while hanging wreaths on a tree
The gravediggers’ conversation confirms that most people regarded Ophelia’s death as:a.) Claudius’ faultb.) an accidentc.) a suicided.) a murder c.) a suicide
In the graveyard, hamlet speaks to the skull of:a.) Poloniusb.) Yorickc.) Opheliad.) Gertrude b.) Yorick
All of the following are true about the “gravedigger” scene EXEPT:a.) it provides some comic relief after the grimness of Act Fourb.) it is ironic in that Hamlet banters with the gravedigger without knowing the grave is for Opheliac.) it reveals Hamlet’s wit and philosophyd.) it makes Hamlet resent the ghost’s commands even more d.) it makes Hamlet resent the ghost’s commands even more

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