Act II Questions and Answers
- How has Hamlet’s behavior changed?
- What does Polonius ask Reynaldo to do?
- Who are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and why have they been summoned?
- How has Claudius resolved the situation with young Fortinbras?
- What does Ophelia report to Polonius about Hamlet?
- What does Polonius think is the cause of Hamlet’s madness?
- What does Polonius suggest to the king and queen as a way to test his theory about Hamlet?
- How does Hamlet react to the appearance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
- Why is Hamlet upset with himself after hearing the player’s dramatic speech?
- How does Hamlet intend to use the play to expose Claudius?
- As he warned in Act I, Hamlet begins to act erratic and seems to have gone mad.
- Polonius asks Reynaldo to spy on Laertes in France. He even suggests that Reynaldo spread rumors about Laertes’s wild behavior just to see if anyone confirms them.
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Hamlet’s friends from school. Claudius and Gertrude have summoned them in the hope that they might discover the cause of Hamlet’s recent madness.
- Claudius sent a letter to the king of Norway, who was unaware of young Fortinbras’s plans and quickly reined him in.
- Ophelia tells Polonius that Hamlet suddenly came into her room, grabbed her, and stared at her strangely without saying a word.
- Hearing Ophelia’s report, Polonius decides that Hamlet must have been driven mad by his love for Ophelia.
- Polonius suggests that they conspire to get Hamlet and Ophelia alone in a room together and then secretly observe their interaction.
- Hamlet is pleased to see his friends at first, but he quickly realizes that they have come on Claudius’s orders.
- Hamlet is upset that the player can make himself so passionate about a mere fictional story, while Hamlet seemingly can’t muster the same passion for his real-life revenge.
- Hamlet plans to have the players reenact a scene that resembles his father’s murder, intending to watch Claudius’s reaction closely to see if he’s guilty.