Shakespeare and Hamlet Act II Quiz Review

Shakespeare -born April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon-parents were John and Mary Arden-attended King’s New School in Stratford-married Anne Hathaway in 1582 (he was 18 and she was 26)-had 3 children: Susanna, Judith, and Hamnet-Hamnet died at age 11
Shakespeare’s lost years no records exist about Shakespeare from 1585-1592
Lord Chamberlain’s Men (King’s Men) Shakespeare’s acting troupe
groundlings the poor audience members who paid one penny to see the show
1,700 Shakespeare has coined over _____ words
Elements of a Revenge Tragedy -justice (trials and judgements abound)-blood revenger-revenge catastrophe -ghost calls for revenge-dramatic delay-real madness of revenger-elimination of villains-hero degenerates-play within a play-revengers must die-final action bloody-spectacle for the sake of the spectacle
What is significant about Polonius sending Reynaldo to France? What does this suggest about his relationship with Laertes? He sends him to Paris to take money and notes to Laertes. His real reason, however, appears to be that he wants Reynaldo to spy on Laertes. This shows he does not trust his son.
What does Ophelia tell Polonius about Hamlet’s behavior? What has happened between Ophelia and Hamlet? She tells him that Hamlet has scared her with his wild appearance and deranged manners. Hamlet was only trifling with her because Hamlet loves Ophelia.
Who are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? What is the irony associated with their role in this work? Are they being paid? They are being paid to uncover the cause of Hamlet’s strange behavior.
What do we learn when Voltemand returns from Norway? What is happening with Young Fortinbras? They bring news from Norway that the old and ailing king, brother to the slain King Fortinbras, has managed to restrain his nephew, young Fortinbras, from invading Denmark.
What is Polonius’s plan for figuring out what is actually going on with Hamlet? What does he think is wrong with him? He wants Hamlet and Ophelia to meet. Polonius is going to spy on them.
What does Hamlet call Polonius? a fishmonger (a person who sells fish)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern serve as comic relief in this work. What is the first interaction like between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Hamlet? Hamlet discovers they were sent for by the King.
When the players come, they perform a section of a work. Which work is this? What is the significance of this work? What happens in this work? How is this related to the action of Hamlet? They perform Virgil’s Aeneid, recounting the death of Priam during the fall of Troy.
What does Hamlet request for the players? How is the revenge plot set into motion? Hamlet pulls the main player aside and asks him whether the company knows a certain play, “The Murder of Gonzago.”

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