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1. The ghost in the first scene is the spirit of
A. Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius.
B. Hamlet’s older brother, who was meant to become King of Denmark.
C. Hamlet’s father, former King of Denmark.
D. the King of Norway, who has come to warn Hamlet of impending war.
E. Horatio, Hamlet’s former tutor, who has come to warn him of corruption within the kingdom.
2. The ghost reveals to Hamlet that
A. England plans to attack Denmark.
B. Claudius killed Hamlet’s brother, heir to the throne.
C. Hamlet’s mother killed his father to marry Claudius.
D. Claudius killed his father.
E. Ophelia, his fiancée, plans to break their engagement.
3. Why does Hamlet kill Polonius?
A. Polonius has forbidden Hamlet from marrying Ophelia.
B. Polonius killed Hamlet’s father, and he kills Polonius to avenge his father’s death.
C. Hamlet has discovered that Polonius is secretly allied with Norway.
D. Polonius has advised Claudius to send Hamlet away.
E. Polonius is hidden by a curtain, and Hamlet thinks he is killing Claudius.
4. Why does Hamlet have the Player King die by poison?
A. Hamlet wants to make his mother feel guilty.
B. Hamlet wants to reveal the truth to his mother.
C. Hamlet wants to gauge Claudius’s response.
D. Hamlet wants to anger Polonius.
E. Hamlet wants the general public to know how his father died.
5. Who is the only character to remain entirely loyal to Hamlet?
6. What drives Ophelia to madness?
A. Her father is killed.
B. Hamlet does not love her.
C. Her fiancé has gone to war.
D. Hamlet is exiled to England.
E. Her brother is killed.
7. To what does the following quotation refer: “The foul practice / Hath turned itself on me”?
A. Polonius realizes that his spying has brought about his own death.
B. Laertes realizes that he is about to die by his own poisoned sword.
C. Claudius discovers that his murder of the king is about to result in his own murder.
D. Hamlet is decrying the corrupt state of Denmark that is bringing him down.
E. Rosencrantz discovers the trick that Hamlet has played on him as he is about to die.
8. What is the significance of Yorick’s skull?
A. Hamlet turns away from it, signifying the repulsion he feels for death.
B. The gravediggers are tossing it back and forth, making a mockery of death.
C. It rolls into Ophelia’s grave when Laertes jumps in, symbolizing his impending death.
D. Hamlet studies the former court jester’s skull closely, symbolizing Hamlet’s obsession with death.
E. Hamlet leaves it on Claudius’s throne to indicate that death is near.
9. Why does Hamlet not kill Claudius while he is in a state of prayer?
A. Hamlet would suffer eternal damnation for killing Claudius while he is speaking to God.
B. Claudius would be sent to heaven since he was killed while praying.
C. Polonius walks in, interrupting Hamlet’s plan.
D. Hamlet is sickened that a man as corrupt as Claudius still tries to communicate with God, and he stomps out.
E. Gertrude calls Hamlet away just as he is about to do the deed, and Hamlet concludes that fate wants him to delay a little longer.
10. Today, Claudius would be best suited to a career as
A. an entrepreneur, because he believes that wealth will secure his position.
B. a philosopher, because he likes to ponder moral questions.
C. a military adviser, because he believes war is the source of power.
D. a corrupt politician, because he is a strategic thinker who manipulates others.
E. a judge, because he wants to create a more moral and just society.
11. What inspires Hamlet to say, “My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!”?
A. Ophelia’s suicide, which drives him into a rage....
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