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Shakespeare's Hamlet
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1. Q: In what country does Hamlet primarily take place?

B: Denmark

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2. Q: Who do the guards first tell about the ghost that has appeared before them?

B: Horatio

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3. Q: Who is the Prince of Norway?

A: Fortinbras

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4. Q: Who is Hamlet in love with?

D: Ophelia

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5. Q: How is Claudius related to Hamlet?

B: uncle

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6. Q: How did Claudius kill Hamlet's father, the king?

B: poured poison in his ear

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7. Q: Who returns as a ghost and tells Hamlet to kill Claudius?

A: Hamlet's Father

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8. Q: Who is Polonius?

B: The Lord Chamberlain

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9. Q: Who are the two clowns?

C: grave diggers

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10. Q: What does Claudius ask Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to do?

A: Take Hamlet to England

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11. Q: What country does Fortinbras decide to invade instead of Denmark?

D: Poland

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12. Q: What does Polonius initially think caused Hamlet's madness?

C: His love for Ophelia

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13. Q: Why does Hamlet decide to stage the murder of his father?

B: To see Claudius' reaction

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14. Q: Who listens behind a curtain to Hamlet and Ophelia's meeting?

D: the King and Polonius

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15. Q: "Who says ""To be or not to be..""?"

C: Hamlet

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16. Q: What does Claudius do when the actor pours the poison into the king's ear during the play?

B: He got up and left in anger

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17. Q: Why does Hamlet not kill the king while the king is praying?

A: Because he fears the king would go to heaven

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18. Q: Who overhears the meeting between Hamlet and Gertrude?

C: Just Polonius

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19. Q: Who does Hamlet kill when he finds him spying?

B: Polonius

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20. Q: Who vows to avenge Polonius' death?

D: Laertes

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21. Q: How does Hamlet get rid of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

C: He has them executed in England

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22. Q: Who suggests that Laertes provoke Hamlet into a duel?

D: Claudius

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23. Q: How did Ophelia die?

A: Drowned

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24. Q: Why was Hamlet saddened to find Yorick's skull when talking to the grave diggers?

C: Because Yorick was the fool who amused him as a child

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25. Q: Why does Hamlet not make it to England?

C: He never left in the first place

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26. Q: How do Laertes and Claudius plan to fix the duel between Claudius and Hamlet?

A: They will poison Hamlet's drink and Laertes' sword

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27. Q: Who drinks from the poison goblet that Claudius gives to Hamlet?

C: Gertrude

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28. Q: Who was Reynaldo?

A: A servant to Polonius

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29. Q: Who does not die in the final scene?

C: Horatio

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30. Q: Who ends up ruler of Denmark at the end of the play?

B: Fortinbras

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