Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Hamlet Quiz

  1. What does the Ghost tell Hamlet?
       a. that Claudius murdered him
       b. that Fortinbras must be murdered
       c. that Gertrude wants the crown all to herself
       d. that Polonius is plotting for the throne
  2. How does Hamlet escape Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? What will happen to them?
       a. Claudius lets Hamlet free and kills Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
       b. Hamlet tricks them and has them killed in England.
       c. Hamlet flees to Norway, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are pardoned.
       d. They are all killed in the last scene.
  3. Why doesn't Hamlet kill Claudius when he finds him at prayer?
       a. because Claudius will go to heaven, as he has confessed his sins
       b. because he suddenly forgives Claudius and wants to get along with him
       c. because his mother wants him to run away with her
       d. because Ophelia has pleaded for Claudius's life
  4. In Act V, scene i, Hamlet and Horatio pause by a gravedigger and the grave he is digging. Hamlet examines a skull he has unearthed and learns it is that of "Yorick." Hamlet recalls him ("Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio—. . . ."). Who was Yorick?
       a. a tanner
       b. Ophelia's brother
       c. the King's jester
       d. Rosencrantz
  5. How does Hamlet kill Polonius?
       a. He carries out his well-laid plans and poisons him.
       b. He accidentally stabs him when he fears an intruder.
       c. He sends him to England to be murdered there.
       d. He pours poison in his ear.
  6. Hamlet is not only a tragedy, but also a(n)
       a. comedy
       b. romance
       c. epic
       d. revenge tragedy
  7. Which two characters in the play appear to be "mad" or insane?
       a. Hamlet and Gertrude
       b. Gertrude and Claudius
       c. Hamlet and Ophelia
       d. Ophelia and Laertes
  8. The ruler of England when Hamlet was first performed was
       a. Cromwell
       b. Charles II
       c. Elizabeth I
       d. the Earl of Essex
  9. William Shakespeare, in addition to being a playwright, was
       a. a shepherd
       b. the heir to the British throne
       c. an actor
       d. a sea captain
  10. How does Hamlet treat Ophelia when he meets her in Act III, scene i?
       a. He berates her and orders her "get thee to a nunnery."
       b. He orders her to remove her clothing and drown herself.
       c. He pleads with her to stop seeing Laertes.
       d. He asks to pray with her.
  11. Which characters in Hamlet first see the Ghost? (Act I, scene i.)
       a. Gertrude and Polonius
       b. Marcellus and Barnardo
       c. Hamlet and Laertes
       d. Hamlet and Horatio
  12. Laertes is the
       a. son of Polonius
       b. brother of Ophelia
       c. rightful heir to the throne
       d. both a and b
  13. What is Hamlet's state of mind when we first see him? Why does he feel he is "too much i' the sun"?
       a. He is madly in love with Ophelia and is hot with passion, like the sun.
       b. He is angry at Laertes, and he is hot with fury like the sun.
       c. He is unhappy about his father's death and his mother's remarriage.
       d. He has been digging Ophelia's grave.
  14. What is the subject of Hamlet's famous "To be, or not to be" soliloquy?
       a. whether to keep on living to avenge his father or to commit suicide
       b. whether to elope with Ophelia
       c. whether to go ahead with his education or enlist in the army
       d. whether to kill Fortinbras
  15. What special arrangement about their performance does Hamlet make with the Players?
       a. They will attack the king in a mock duel.
       b. They will put on a play showing Polonius's foolishness.
       c. They will play a murder scene in which the king is poisoned.
       d. all of the above
  16. In the play's conclusion, who arrives to take over the kingdom?
       a. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
       b. the Ghost
       c. Fortinbras, the ruler of Norway
       d. Hamlet's cousin
  17. Why is it important to know who was ruler of England when Hamlet was first performed?
       a. The British kingdom was in turmoil over who would succeed to the throne.
       b. There were fears of foreign invasion.
       c. There had been sexual intrigues at Court.
       d. all of the above
  18. In Act III, scene iv, who says the following? "O Hamlet, speak no more! Thou turn'st my eyes into my very soul, And there I see such black and grainéd spots As will not leave their tinct."
       a. Ophelia
       b. Claudius
       c. Gertrude
       d. The Ghost
  19. Hamlet was written and first performed in which century?
       a. 15th
       b. 19th
       c. 17th
       d. 18th
  20. In Hamlet, the "mousetrap play" is an example of
       a. Hamlet's use of psychological manipulation against Claudius
       b. Hamlet's shrewd analysis of Ophelia's psychological state
       c. bawdy comedy
       d. the Ghost's melancholy
  21. What does Hamlet ask Horatio to do?
       a. "If thou dist ever hold me in thy heart, / Absent thee from felicity awhile / And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain / To tell my story."
       b. Support Fortinbras as the new sovereign.
       c. ". . . report me and my cause aright / To the unsatisfied."
       d. all of the above
  22. What cause does Polonius assign for Hamlet's apparent madness?
       a. Hamlet is upset over the war with Norway.
       b. Hamlet is in love with Ophelia.
       c. Hamlet is in love with his mother.
       d. Hamlet is frightened of the Ghost.
  23. Why does Ophelia resolve to reject Hamlet?
       a. Hamlet has killed her uncle.
       b. Hamlet has sailed away with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
       c. Her father has persuaded her that Hamlet intends merely to seduce her.
       d. The Ghost has warned her that Hamlet will try to kill her.
  24. What do Hamlet and Laertes do in the final scene?
       a. They fight, forgive each other, and die of a poisoned sword they exchange.
       b. They carry out a coup and wrest the throne from Claudius.
       c. They return to their universities.
       d. They address the Ghost, saying, "The rest is silence."
  25. One of the most important image patterns in Hamlet is the metaphor of
       a. the trap
       b. the river
       c. the throne
       d. the crown
  26. How many dead bodies are there on the stage in the last scene?
       a. two
       b. four
       c. ten
       d. one

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